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patronize -- as in: Don't patronize me.
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  • He dresses at that gentleman (by whom he is patronized), talks at him, walks at him, founds himself entirely on him.
  • "Say that he wants to patronize me," pursued Mr. Skimpole.
  • When Mr. Rouncewell’s townsman heard of the disclosure, he no more allowed the girl to be patronized and honoured than he would have suffered her to be trodden underfoot before his eyes.
  • For they are the public chroniclers of such inquiries by the line; and he is not superior to the universal human infirmity, but hopes to read in print what "Mooney, the active and intelligent beadle of the district," said and did and even aspires to see the name of Mooney as familiarly and patronizingly mentioned as the name of the hangman is, according to the latest examples.

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  • I’m annoyed by her patronizing tone — as though she knows more about my situation than I do.
  • He looked at me as if I was patronizing him.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying

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