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patronize
used in Moby Dick

2 uses
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Definition
treat in a manner that demonstrates a sense of superiority, but is supposed to seem kind

or:

the actions of a patron (to support someone or something; or to be a customer)
  • It is only within the last month or two that that society passed a resolution to patronise nothing but steel pens.
    Chapters 64-66 — Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (86% in)
  • There's your true Ashantee, gentlemen; there howl your pagans; where you ever find them, next door to you; under the long-flung shadow, and the snug patronising lee of churches.
    Chapters 52-54 — The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (54% in)

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