patronising

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj patronising (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
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Usage

In literature:

I acknowledged Miss Steele's greeting in a patronising way, and then looked about for a chair.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
With the elder boys he was also a favourite, for what big boy does not take pride in patronising a plucky, frank youngster?
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
He adopted a patronising air towards me and Jack and the other clerks, as if we were already in his employment and doing his work.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
To their alarm, Master Wally Wheatfield presently recognised them from across the room, and came over patronisingly to where they sat.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
They patronised him without stint, and made a display of their own affluence in his presence.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
Being a professional waterman, he considered it his right to patronise everybody.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
Girls are so patronising if they think you are a beginner...
"Tom and Some Other Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She did not attempt to rise, but her words were kindly enough, if a trifle patronising.
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I don't care to be patronised at Park Lane or anywhere else.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
When we speak of the nobility patronising literature, a reserve must be made.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
Not in that of his sisters, of course; he patronised them and made them fag for him.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
That Mrs Major was only talking to me patronisingly, and half-laughing at me.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
In anybody else Elsmere would have thought all this effusion insincere or patronising.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
They overlooked that, because she could sing, and the tenor only remembered it when he tried to patronise her a little.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
He forgot to patronise or disparage his sister or her sex.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Which of the theatres have you decided to patronise?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Patronised by the Royal Family.
"Notes and Queries, Number 231, April 1, 1854" by Various
The chance of patronising was not to be lost.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Most of the older women seemed a shade patronising in tone, and looked as if they had never been there before.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
They accordingly patronised both the workmen and their work.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
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In science:

The transmission of electric power by means of an a.c. circuit, invented by Nicola Tesla and patronised by George Westinghouse was more efficient, but Edison had patented a system of distribution of electric power based on d.c. circuits.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
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