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patronize -- as in: Don't patronize me.
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • The last words burst from Maggie, in spite of herself, with a sudden drop from patronizing instruction to simple peevishness.
  • For a long while Mr. Poulter only shook his head in a significant manner at this request, and smiled patronizingly, as Jupiter may have done when Semele urged her too ambitious request.
  • "Have you got a bit of good net, now?" said Mrs. Glegg, in a patronizing tone, moving from the tea-table, and folding her napkin.
  • "But let me see," said Mrs. Glegg, still patronizing.
  • "Adieu, ’graceful consort,’ " said Stephen, buttoning his coat across when he had done singing, and smiling down from his tall height, with the air of rather a patronizing lover, at the little lady on the music-stool.
  • (I’ll help you now, Tom," said Maggie, with a little air of patronizing consolation.
  • "Well," said Mr. Riley, in an admonitory, patronizing tone as he patted Maggie on the head, "I advise you to put by the ’History of the Devil,’ and read some prettier book.

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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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