The word patron goes back a very long way, and as someone has suggested is related to pater - father. Nicky Mann.
Aggression such as shouting, yelling and belittling comments are all obvious signs of condescension. A founder of a religious order. In such a relationship one is clearly superior and the other inferior. Feb 28, 2016.
Patronizing is kindness done to a point of sarcasm, thus achieving the opposite effect. The abuse faced by customer-facing employees. In other words, you are "lowering yourself to the other person's level". Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.
It's possible to patronize someone intentionally clearly using hyperbole or to do it unintentionally say something kind, which also carries the implication that the person is inferior, which you did not mean to imply. Men can patronise women at work and vice versa. Ask Question.
This also stems from Latin. This allows you to implicitly call them a simpleton without explicitly saying that you think they are a simpleton.
Thus it is that in modern English, patronising has come to refer, as one dictionary puts it, to any attitude "of apparent kindness, which betrays an attitude of superiority".
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