To give a store or business one’s regular patronage; to trade with; to behave in an offensively condescending way.
“Of course,” his mother persevered, “some of the programs are not very good, but we ought to patronize them and make the best of what we have.”
—Willa Cather One of Ours (1922)
A rather fast crowd had come out, who drank cocktails in limousines and were promiscuously condescending and patronizing toward older people, and Eleanor with an esprit that hinted strongly of the boulevards, led many innocents still redolent of St. Timothy's and Farmington, into paths of Bohemian naughtiness.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald This Side of Paradise (1920)
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