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patronize
used in Atlas Shrugged

9 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)
  • Taggart achieved a patronizing smile.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (49% in)
  • There was a restaurant in the building, patronized by Taggart executives, but he did not like it.
    1.3 Part 1 Chapter 3 — The Top and the Bottom (92% in)
  • Dr. Ferris did nothing, he merely looked at Dr. Stadler calmly; but the calm gave him an air that was almost patronizing.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (18% in)
  • Her smile came back, as a protective shield, an amused, patronizing smile, intended to convert the subject into a drawing-room issue again.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (53% in)
  • He was saying, in a tone of patronizing boredom, "Well, I don't know.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (96% in)
  • Does she dance in the chorus or is she a manicurist in an exclusive barber shop patronized by millionaires?
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (16% in)
  • They met in a distinguished, high-priced restaurant, much too distinguished and high-priced ever to be mentioned in the gossip columns; not the kind of place which James Taggart, always eager for personal publicity, was in the habit of patronizing; he did not want them to be seen together, she concluded.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (71% in)
  • I'm so sorry, Jim," said Clifton Locey smoothly, in a tone that balanced apology, reassurance and the right degree of patronizing confidence.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (67% in)
  • Cuffy Meigs sat sprawled in his chair, with a look of patronizing tolerance for their game of wasting time on discussions.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (69% in)

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