• WordNet 3.6
    • adj patronizing (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum. They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.
    • a Patronizing Showing condescending favor; assuming the manner of airs of a superior toward another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of chess-players
    • patronizing Betokening the condescension of a patron; condescendingly or superciliously favorable: as, a patronizing smile. Also spelled patronising.
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “We mustn't be stiff and stand-off, you know. We must be thoroughly democratic, and patronize everybody without distinction of class.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “There mark what ills the scholar's life assail, toil, envy, want, and patron.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, for we that live to please, must please to live.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.”


In literature:

They turn their money into it instead of patronizing banks.
"Modern India" by William Eleroy Curtis
I determined to place myself as a watch upon my patron.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
The first patrons of the industry were the monks of Sherborne Abbey.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
His declared object always was to please his patrons; and consider who his patrons were.
"Haydn" by John F. Runciman
Jewish patrons encouraged the translators by material and moral support.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
I will inform our patron; he is not likely to leave Saintes for a week.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
His patrons were at present almost exclusively in the circle of finance.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
And yet Monsieur had signified plainly enough that he was no longer my patron.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
St. Wilfrid was the patron saint of Ripon, where he was born.
"From John O'Groats to Land's End" by Robert Naylor and John Naylor
The Russian Bible Society, founded A.D. 1813. was at first patronized by the emperor.
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson

In poetry:

And here, like a good loyal priest, thou shalt reign,
The cause of thy patron with zeal to maintain;
The poor and the hungry shall faint at thy word,
As thou threatens with hell in the name of the Lord.
"Lines To A Plotting Parson" by Samuel Bamford
She spake so low he hardly heard her speak,
But like a mighty patron, satisfied
With what himself had done so graciously,
Assumed that she had thanked him, adding, 'Yea,
Eat and be glad, for I account you mine.'
"Geraint And Enid" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
His patron died; much us'd to bless,
And left the pulpit in distress.
Then poverty, with awful pace,
Advanc'd, and star'd him in the face.
His aunt must give him, in retreat,
That bread which she herself could eat.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
Tully to thee, Rome's eloquent sole heir,
The best of all that are, shall be, and were,
I the worst poet send my best thanks and pray'r:
Ev'n by how much the worst of poets I,
By so much you the best of patrones be.
"Ad M. T. Ciceronem. Catul Ep. 50." by Richard Lovelace
Such is the legend. Hear this truth:
Over the trackless past, somewhere,
Lie the lost days of our tropic youth,
Only regained by faith and prayer,
Only recalled by prayer and plaint:
Each lost day has its patron saint!
"The Lost Galleon" by Francis Bret Harte
"HERE POPE FIRST SUNG!" O, hallow'd Tree !
Such is the boast thy bark displays;
Thy branches, like thy Patron's lays,
Shall ever, ever, sacred be; Nor with'ring storm, nor woodman's stroke, Shall harm the POET'S favourite Oak.
"Stanzas Written under an Oak in Windsor Forest" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Prostitute patrons can't hide their faces anymore.
The patron saint of American wilderness.
Patrons can check out books, and keep them if they feel like it.
For years, restaurateurs and patrons have thought that the downtown Boise corner was cursed.
Patrons have a dozen soups to choose from and a smattering of sandwiches and salads.
Good news for patrons at Freehold's indoor theme park, iPlay America.
Bittercreek is always classy and busy with an eclectic bunch of patrons.
They can help to attract patrons as well.
Tucked behind the last gas station before the drive into Monroe County, this southernmost tavern hosts some of the rowdiest patrons around.
An employee at Izzo's Illegal Burrito in Metairie has confessed to placing a hidden camera in the women's restroom and recording patrons as they used the toilet for several weeks.
Large Screen Displays' Projected Images (Pi) Products are creating a visual appetite for the patrons of Lamppost Pizza in Vista, CA.
Some patrons believe Lamy saloon's bar stools occupied by spirits from great beyond.
Chemung County Library District patrons who want to learn a new language need only their library card number and a computer to get started.
The language learning service Mango is available to library patrons.
Recent patrons of the hotel have been notified of the ongoing investigation.

In science:

THE INTERACTIVE ZOO GUIDE There are two major GPS-based software components in the project. The first part is an interactive map which allows the patrons to navigate through the Zoo while the second part is the multimedia contents for the hotspots at the ‘Big Cats’ section of the Zoo.
An Interactive Zoo Guide: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning
Desde la perspectiva del agente, sin embargo, esta situación se hará más acusada, ya que muchos entornos con una K alta contendrán patrones difíciles a los que será difícil que el agente pueda acceder a través de sus interacciones.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Esto significa que los entornos normalmente son vistos más simples de lo que realmente son, ya que muchos de los patrones que incluyen pueden ser (probabilísticamente) inaccesibles.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Por lo tanto, solo se mostrarán patrones muy simples y, a partir de ahí, la mayor parte de la inteligencia medida vendrá a partir de entornos con un K ba jo.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
Primero, algunos de los patrones que han aparecido en muchos de los ejercicios complejos, han sido considerados muy difíciles por los humanos.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans