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patronize

verb [T] (TREAT BADLY)   /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪz, ˈpæ-/ 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    /ˈpeɪ·trəˌnɑɪ·zɪŋ, ˈpæ-/ adjective disapproving a patronizing manner / attitude
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