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patronize — as in:  Don’t patronize me.

I’m annoyed by her patronizing tone — as though she knows more about my situation than I do.
treat in a manner that demonstrates a sense of superiority, but is supposed to seem kind


the actions of a patron (to support someone or something; or to be a customer)

More rarely, patronize can mean to "give business to" as in "I don’t patronize that restaurant because the owner is rude."
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