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Looking for a word that describes the feeling of being told something in an overly simplified manner that feels offensive.

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    Welcome to Stack Exchange ELU! Can you update the OP with some examples of how you would like to use this word? – Hank Dec 2 '16 at 17:24
  • Not quite the same, but a word that has gained currency of late is mansplain. – Hot Licks Dec 2 '16 at 18:10
  • @HotLicks I think that might be a little too gender specific. – Hank Dec 2 '16 at 18:28
  • @Hank - 'Splain it to me. – Hot Licks Dec 2 '16 at 18:31
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    @Hank - That's why I made it a comment, and said "not quite the same". Just wanted to make readers of this thread aware of the word (in case they'd been living in a cave the past 5 years). – Hot Licks Dec 2 '16 at 18:35
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Patronise

  1. to adopt an air of condescension toward : treat haughtily or coolly

(Merriam-Webster)

to behave or treat in a condescending way

(Dictionary.com)

The adjective form of this would be patronising.

A professor who patronises his students would be someone who acts as if their students are very young.

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Condescending

con·de·scend·ing (kŏn′dĭ-sĕn′dĭng)
adjective

  1. showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority:
    They resented the older neighbors' condescending cordiality.

(Dictionary.com)

This comes from the verb to condescend:

verb (used without object)

  1. to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.

(Dictionary.com)

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The phrase that will work best is:

Talk down to

verb

  • to speak in a condescending or oversimplified fashion

If you wanted to use a single word, this one may work, depending on the context:

Belittle

verb

  • to cause (a person or thing) to seem little or less; talk down
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    Hi @Hank, these are good words, but can you add a link or reference to your source? – Hellion Dec 2 '16 at 21:50
  • I like talk down to. – aparente001 Dec 3 '16 at 3:49
  • I don't have a computer at home. I'll edit it with the references :) – Hank Dec 3 '16 at 4:07
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eli5 is a phrase that is used a lot on reddit that means basically this

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    While this is interesting and could form a fringe answer, a vague abbreviation (I presume) and no explanation or references does not an answer make. – BladorthinTheGrey Dec 2 '16 at 22:31
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    "ELI5" is short for "explain like I'm five (years old)". It's a request to be 'splained. If it is also the feeling of being 'splained to, this answer needs some supporting evidence. – MetaEd Dec 2 '16 at 23:21

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