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patronize -- as in: Don't patronize me.
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  • Juanita had become patronizing, and she glanced disrespectfully at Carol’s golden sash, which she had previously admired.
  • Ethel Villets was sure you were patronizing her when——
  • And she stopped being patronizing.
  • The conception of millions of workmen like Miles taking control frightened her, and she scuttled rapidly away from the thought of a time when she might no longer retain the position of Lady Bountiful to the Bjornstams and Beas and Oscarinas whom she loved—and patronized.
  • When he demanded, "I’d like to stage ’Suppressed Desires,’ by Cook and Miss Glaspell," Carol ceased to be patronizing.
  • "——you talked about encouraging reading; and Mrs. Elder thought you were patronizing when you said she had ’such a pretty little car.’

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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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