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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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Even Bentley--who patronizingly refers to Butterfield's later analysis The Englishman and His History as "not without wisdom"--concedes that Whig Interpretation "remains one of the glories of English historical criticism." Those who nowadays belittle it do so from territory that Butterfield won for them.
Can we make Bill Cosby host a show called Old Racists Say th Darndest Things and then laugh patronizingly when they talk about the Kenyan socialist president and the welfare queens and the godless feminazis ruining the country?
He could well afford to look patronizingly on the psychological gropings of Freud and Jung and on the inferior poetic consciousness of a Yeats or Proust, saying in "The Holy Office":
Based on Kathryn Stockett's unlikely chart-topper, in which a white girl who fancies herself a writer convinces more than a dozen Mississippi maids to publish their stories, the adaptation is a multiethnic ensembler with likely greater appeal among genteel white ladies than the black community it somewhat patronizingly seeks to understand.
Hexwood's Ann is presented neither patronizingly nor nostalgically when the narrative focus is hers; until the point of view shifts from Ann to Vierran, there is nothing stylistic distinguishing the representation of Ann from the representation of any other twelve-year-old Jones character.
While a few of the original twenty-four artists have achieved either critical or commercial success - Mona Hatoum or Souza, for instance - the remarkable fact that this exhibition reveals is that the majority have receded into oblivion, to become either educators or what is patronizingly called in inside circles, the artist's artist.
"This Is Africa (TIA) you know", some argue patronizingly, there is no "perfect election", it will be "a step forward given Sudan's context".
I knew nothing about it at first, being in politics rather than literature or history, and being at UNSW, 'Kensington Kindy' as it was patronizingly dubbed by Gwyn Jones at Sydney.
His Cairo speech to the Muslim world in June 2009 spoke to Muslims in the words of the Qur'an, judiciously chosen not to lecture Muslims patronizingly as Bush had done, but to engage them constructively across the divide of faith while at the same time honestly facing up to the past errors of the West.
Looking patronizingly at his former self, the narrator's irony borders on the sarcasm as he lists seventy-two superstitious interdictions he nonetheless dutifully followed at that time.
The scene wasn't exactly like the one in the movie "Dumb and Dumber" when Lloyd, offered help by a woman on a motorized cart, says, patronizingly, "They're right: Senior citizens, although slow and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose." Then warns her, "Don't you go dying on me."