patronise

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From the Latin pater meaning "father", with the -ise suffix used to create the verb form.

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patronise (third-person singular simple present patronises, present participle patronising, simple past and past participle patronised)

1. To make a patron

2. To treat as inferior unfairly, talk down to, treat condescendingly; to speak to someone as if they are somehow intellectually inferior to oneself, thereby giving the impression their opinion and views are less important than one's own.

Example usage: "Don't patronise me! I completely understand what i saw and heard."

3. To make oneself a regular customer of a business.

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