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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Meanwhile, the S Home Office, the PM, Deputy PM and the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee on policing matters, who was so concerned about Cleveland Constabulary, either do not have the decency to respond to letters, or again patronisingly state the matter to be "your views", then maintaining it's a Home Office affair, send it on.
"Well done," she shrieked, patronisingly. "At least that shows some forward planning."
If children on the Continent can comfortably hold multiple languages in their heads, I see no reason why British children are patronisingly considered incapable.
In fact, I should probably fess up with the shock-horror news that what I actually did was, rather patronisingly, to urge you to count yours.
The essence for the rise of India lies in how to be an independent country, to learn to solve the complicated ethnic and religious issues, to protect the country from terrorist attacks, to boost economic development as well as to put more efforts on poverty alleviation," the editorial patronisingly claims.
DAWN FRENCH patronisingly interviewed Ken Dodd in her television series on great comedians as if she was addressing a slightly batty great-uncle.
Ironic, isn't it, that in countries we patronisingly refer to as Third World, even the poorest child is eager for learning.
"Wow, dad, "I say, probably a little patronisingly. "That's great!
And food that's almost patronisingly easy, as in the world's simplest recipe for creamy banana ice-cream."
In the final days of campaigning, the Liberal Democrats are urging Labour supporters to vote for them on what the Lib Dems rather patronisingly call 'the big ballot paper', the vote for the regional list top up seats.
Professor Stedman presents a wonderful evocation of the vanished, quasi-bohemian, burlesque world of the 1860s and '70s when a distinct corpus of journalists and barristers and actors, a brotherhood of literary turn, practised wit and wordsmithery, writing plays and pantomimes and burlesques, and humorous articles and witty verses for weeklies of the calibre of Fun, or 'Funch', as Punch patronisingly christened her little sister publication.
FOR the past eight years, Jennifer Aniston has faced the ignominy of having her name bandied about, patronisingly prefixed with the phrase "unlucky in love".