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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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Twenty-one of the foreigners have been accused of maintaining a drug den and the rest of patronizing it, said Senior Insp.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the MWM Sindh General Secretary Allama Mukhtar Ahmed Imami said the PPP's ministers were patronizing terrorists of Islamic States and other proscribed organizations in Sindh.
Citizens can send letters and petitions pledging to stop patronizing Pepsi to: Wayne Callaway, CEO, Pepsico, Inc.
Sources said earlier PSO to IGP also informed the DSP about the exact location and presence of the POs in his jurisdiction on Feb 22 but the DSP tehsil Manchanabad, district Bahawalnagar Sharafat Ali Khan instead of rounding up the outlaws allegedly started patronizing them.
By patronizing Prestige, we support a company, "which can provide jobs and opportunities to the rest of our community." That's something we can do for all black businesses--no matter how big or small.
Whether Carl Van Vechten, a major patron of the Harlem Renaissance, was also patronizing is not at issue in this coffee-table book of his photographic portraits of the African-American cultural elite.
The Director General of Civil Defense, Lieutenant General Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Amr, has expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Crown Prince for patronizing the ceremony which will give a great incentive for the Civil Defense to exert more efforts to achieve the leadership's aspirations.
On this occasion, the Chairman of Board of Directors of General Authority for Sports Mohammed bin Abdulmalik Al Al-Sheikh expressed his thanks and appreciation to the King for patronizing the match which embodies the leadership's continuing support for athletes in the Kingdom.
The Chairman of the College's Board of Trustees Engineer Sobhi Abdul Jalil Baterjee expressed in his speech his thanks and appreciation to the Prince for patronizing the ceremony which embodies the attention paid by the leadership to the march of education.