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patronize
used in The Screwtape Letters

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

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the actions of a patron (to support someone or something; or to be a customer)
  • I assume that the creature has been through several of them before—they all have—and that he always feels superior and patronising to the ones he has emerged from, not because he has really criticised them but simply because they are in the past.
    Chapter 9 (89% in)

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