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 for patronizing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patronizing \Pa"tron*i`zing\, a.
     Showing condescending favor; assuming the manner of airs of a
     superior toward another. -- Pat"ron*i`zing*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patronize \Pa"tron*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patronized; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Patronizing.]
     1. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to
        favor; to aid.
        [1913 Webster]
              The idea has been patronized by two States only.
                                                    --A. Hamilton.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer.
        [Commercial Cant]
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and
        protector, toward; -- used in an unfavorable sense; as, to
        patronize one's equals.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those
             who treat others with condescension [syn: arch,
             condescending, patronizing, patronising]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "patronizing":
     Olympian detachment, Olympian loftiness, arrogance, arrogant,
     arrogantness, assumption of superiority, big, condescendence,
     condescending, condescension, domineering, domineeringness,
     haughtiness, haughty, haughty airs, hauteur, high horse,
     high-faluting, high-flown, high-hat, high-headed, high-nosed,
     hoity-toitiness, hoity-toity, loftiness, lofty, overbearing,
     overbearing pride, overbearingness, overweening pride,
     patronization, patronizing attitude, pride, priggish, proud,
     proudness, purse-pride, purse-proud, side, sniffy, snippy,
     snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, stiff-necked pride, stuck-up,
     superbia, superior, toploftiness, toplofty, uppish, uppishness,
     uppity, uppityness, upstage

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