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patronize

verb [T]  /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪz, ˈpæ-/ us  

patronize verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)

disapproving to treat others in a manner that shows you consider yourself to be better or more important than they are: She’s angry, smart, and not about to be patronized.
patronizing
adjective  /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪ·zɪŋ, ˈpæ-/ us  
disapproving a patronizing manner/attitude
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