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patron saint
as in:  a patron saint

Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
  in some Christian denominations:  a saint who is thought to look after a group, activity, or place
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Strongly Associated with:   patronize, patronage
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  • Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers.
  • The statue in the garden is of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
  • Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate and lost causes.
  • Nurse O’Halloran tells my grandmother, Pray to St. Jude, patron saint of desperate cases.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes

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  • La Virgen de Guadalupe was the patron saint of our town.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Maybe nail clippers, a rosary, or a scapular with a tiny drawing of San Cristobal, the patron saint of travelers, or of San Judas Tadeo, the patron saint of desperate situations.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Both Teddy and I were raised on the goofy tunes of Jonathan Richman, who is Mom and Dad’s musical patron saint.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • This was not a very ceremonious way of rendering homage to a patron saint, but I believe Old Clem stood in that relation towards smiths.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • This patron saint suited this soul.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If you could but persuade him to come out, monsieur, I should owe you the gratitude of my whole life; I should adore you as my patron saint!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • In literature he is my patron saint.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • He makes me look like the patron saint of ethics.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • In one place the peasants presented him with bread and salt and an icon of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, asking permission, as a mark of their gratitude for the benefits he had conferred on them, to build a new chantry to the church at their own expense in honor of Peter and Paul, his patron saints.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • For the King, or at least this is how Malory interprets him, was the patron saint of chivalry.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Besides, I swear by my patron saint, that she is far inferior to the lovely Saxon, Rowena.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Even El Jefe had attributed the failure of the invasion from Cayo Confites to our patron saint.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • An animated altercation (in which all took part) ensued among the F. O. T. E. I. as to whether the eighth or the ninth of March was the correct date of the birth of Ireland’s patron saint.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • " Don Quixote laughed, and asked them to take off the next cloth, underneath which was seen the image of the patron saint of the Spains seated on horseback, his sword stained with blood, trampling on Moors and treading heads underfoot; and on seeing it Don Quixote exclaimed, "Ay, this is a knight, and of the squadrons of Christ!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Lately, Mother has accused me of keeping her as my unofficial patron saint.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The occasion of this seizure is that Guster has a tender heart and a susceptible something that possibly might have been imagination, but for Tooting and her patron saint.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I will be known by secrets at my death, like St. Blas who was killed by wool combs and was made the patron saint of woolcombers.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • And did you know there’s a patron saint of heart patients?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • And let you, Stephen, make a novena to your holy patron saint, the first martyr, who is very powerful with God, that God may enlighten your mind.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It was the natural reflex of Will McLean, the patron saint of piety.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But older even than this old hall is perhaps the bit of wall now built into the belfry of the parish church, and said to be a remnant of the original chapel dedicated to St. Ogg, the patron saint of this ancient town, of whose history I possess several manuscript versions.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • As Smith cinched the girth of Woolf’s kangaroo-leather saddle around Seabiscuit’s belly, Marcela stepped forward, clutching a medal of Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • A man conscious of enthusiasm for worthy aims is sustained under petty hostilities by the memory of great workers who had to fight their way not without wounds, and who hover in his mind as patron saints, invisibly helping.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • For who would dare name the patron saint of England as anything but a hero?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • No, but Saint Mark is the patron saint of this city.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • I was sworn by my patron saint, and faithfully did I keep the vow, until the man they call Ishmael forgot the terms by offering violence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He was considered the father of obstetrics and gynecology, the patron saint; in naming me for him, she was both honoring him and giving thanks.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It is from /Christkindlein/, or /Christkind’l/, and properly designates, of course, not the patron saint of Christmas, but the child in the manger.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Spectacles even have a patron saint, Saint Jerome, because in Ghirlandaio’s portrait of him they hang from the edge of a table as if they were the commonest things in the world.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The only one whose appearance was enhanced by mourning was the church’s patron saint, Sebastian, for during Holy Week the faithful were spared the sight of that body twisted in the most indecent posture, pierced by arrows, and dripping with blood and tears like a suffering homosexual, whose wounds, kept miraculously fresh by Father Restrepo’s brush, made Clara tremble with disgust.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • It was for quite some other reason that she didn’t like my patron-saints.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Your patron-saint, in the calendar.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I don’t mean the most virtuous, or indeed the least virtuous, or the cleverest, or the stupidest, or the richest, or the best born, but "the best,"—in a word, people about whom there is no question—such as the great Lady Fitz-Willis, that Patron Saint of Almack’s, the great Lady Slowbore, the great Lady Grizzel Macbeth (she was Lady G. Glowry, daughter of Lord Grey of Glowry), and the like.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Mother!"-in his heart-rending anguish he called to her as though she were another patron saint, and suddenly, unable to bear any more, fell down unconscious.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • There is my grandmother in the bed heaving and gasping with the labor pains, praying to St. Gerard Majella, patron saint of expectant mothers.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • My grandmother switches her prayers to St. Ann, patron saint of difficult labor.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The question is, why do you know there’s a patron saint of heart patients?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • And she is the patron saint of that very thing.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Angela wanted to give him a middle name, Munchin, after the patron saint of Limerick but Malachy said over his dead body.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Dear St. John of God, patron saint of those who are ill, I ask for your intercession that the Lord will have mercy on this child and return him to health.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • My patron saint.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Maybe nail clippers, a rosary, or a scapular with a tiny drawing of San Cristobal, the patron saint of travelers, or of San Judas Tadeo, the patron saint of desperate situations.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The bell at the inner door in the passage immediately thereafter tinkling, she is admonished by Mrs. Snagsby, on pain of instant reconsignment to her patron saint, not to omit the ceremony of announcement.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He’s sure St. Jude pulled me through the crisis because he’s the patron saint of desperate cases and I was indeed a desperate case.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • He’s the patron saint who keeps moles away.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Year after year, for much longer than any of you, my dear little boys, can remember or than I can remember, the boys of this college have met in this very chapel to make their annual retreat before the feast day of their patron saint.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Associated words [difficulty]:   patron saint [5] , patronize [2] , patronage [4] , patronize [2] , patronage [4]
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