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PATRON, eccl. law. He who has the disposition and gift of an ecclesiastical benefice. In the Roman law it signified the former master of a freedman. Dig. 2, 4, 8, 1.

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Beverley Gould from Knebworth said it was "very patronising", and she didn't think the pink bus would make any difference to female voting numbers.
"And using patronising language such as 'how are we today dear?' belittles them.
It will be "no more being Mr Patronising" and "no more being Mr Schoolyard Bully".
The report says: "A very few secondary school councils felt that the tone of their letter was patronising, but almost all expressed a positive view.
'The whole way she talks is with that patronising attitude that 'I know better
'Patronising Made-in-Nigeria goods and services is also key to the success of the policy,'' Mohammed said.
Even Italian newspapers - Berlusconiland - are calling it sexist and patronising.
But there's always something just as patronising to take their place in the schedules, unfortunately.
London, Sep 2 ( ANI ): Tory MP Nadine Dorries has branded British Prime Minster David Cameron as "patronising and sexist".
Miriam Clegg told me last week she thought it "patronising"...
It was more than patronising. It was quite insulting, really, and the BBC should be ashamed of it.