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patronize -- as in: Don't patronize me.
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  • He eyed her now with patronizing enmity.
  • The moment the urgent Martin showed that he was stirred by her graces, she went at his clothes—his corduroys and soft collars and eccentric old gray felt hat—at his vocabulary and his taste in fiction, with new and more patronizing vigor.
  • Probably they were never recognized by their hostesses as pirates, but considered a Bright Young Couple who, since they were proteges of Pickerbaugh, must be earnest and forward-looking, and who, since they were patronized by Irving and Mrs. Watters, must be respectable.
  • It was enchanting to be saluted by privates, quite as enchanting to return the salute in the dignified, patronizing, all-comrades-together splendor which Martin shared with the other doctors, professors, lawyers, brokers, authors, and former socialist intellectuals who were his fellowofficers.
  • Well—" She dismissed Leora and looked patronizingly at Martin.

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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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