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The mayor shook his head and made no motion to look at our writ of patronage.
Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  politics:  granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support


the actions of a patron (to support someone or something; or to be a customer)
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Strongly Associated with:   patron, patron, patron saint, patronize
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  • The mayor shook his head and made no motion to look at our writ of patronage.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There were perhaps a few thousand residents, mostly shopkeepers and service people, and the small bedroom community who were their patronage.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The patronage, in fact, was all on his side.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Under Hedwig’s patronage they seemed to have lost all fear of the future, and appeared to Sophie perfectly good-humored and composed as they stitched away in a second-floor sunroom, peeling off labels and markers stamped Cohen and Lowenstein and Adamowitz from expensive furs and fabric freshly cleaned and only hours removed from the boxcars.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • She told him that in the Renaissance the most famous dukes were known for their aesthetic taste and patronage of the arts, and this idea appealed to him.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • And Colum’s patronage would likely prevent any physical attack on me.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Nicholas and Denisov were walking up and down, looking with kindly patronage at the dancers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Toohey laughed when Keating reminded him of the distinguished restaurants made famous by Toohey’s patronage.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • We do owe something to parentage and patronage.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I asked him, with a modest patronage.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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  • That was how patronage worked-how it had always worked.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The old man admitted to being a retired English professor who had been thrown out upon the world forty years ago when the last liberal arts college shut for lack of students and patronage.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • The prosperous patronage with which he said it, made him look twice as big as he was, and four times as offensive.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Why, yes, he is actually insolent over the matter—has already offered me his patronage, as if he were a grand personage, and proffered me a loan of money, as though he were a banker.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My commander said that whatever Bernini created while under Vatican patronage would be listed here as an asset.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Here, Solomon," said the Squire, with loud patronage.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Murtagh, however, has denounced his father’s deeds and fled Galbatorix’s patronage to seek his own destiny.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But since their talent for music has brought them precociously into public notice, I must beg for your kind and indulgent patronage and—leave to take them back to the swamp.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • As they drew near to their destination, however, Mr. Bumble thought it expedient to look down, and see that the boy was in good order for inspection by his new master: which he accordingly did, with a fit and becoming air of gracious patronage.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • If his look had contained contempt or patronage, or any of the vulgar emotions revealed by adults in confrontation with children, I would have easily gone back to my book, but his eyes gave off a watery nothing—a nothingness which was completely unbearable.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Under the patronage of the late Father Mathew.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But it is proved by the smallness of the school, which I have heard you speak of, as under the patronage of your sister and Mrs. Bragge; the only school, and not more than five-and-twenty children.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • A young man really well deserves constant support and patronage,’ looking at the Doctor, ’who makes such sacrifices.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I am sorry to say that my patronage ends with this; and my interest is hardly more extensive.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • I salute you, MARIE MICHON To this letter was added an order, conceived in these terms: At the Louvre, August 10, 1628 The superior of the convent of Bethune will place in the hands of the person who shall present this note to her the novice who entered the convent upon my recommendation and under my patronage.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Catching the faint patronage Abe said lightly: "Something tells me I’ll have a new score on Broadway long before you’ve finished your scientific treatise."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I merely hinted at her obtaining temporary assistance as the widow of an official who had died in the service—if only she has patronage…. but apparently your late parent had not served his full term and had not indeed been in the service at all of late.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ’Oh,’ returned Tom, with contemptuous patronage, ’she’s a regular girl.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • There was not the slightest touch of patronage.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Thank you again for your patronage.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • PLAYER: For some of us it is performance, for others, patronage.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • She treated Mrs. Morel with a certain glibness and Morel with patronage.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • But not by way of patronage, you know, helping with money; she’s herself preparing the boys in Russian for the high school, and she’s taken the little girl to live with her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But down here he acts the little god with his gentility, and his patronage, and his sham aesthetics, and every one—even your mother—is taken in.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • I’ve seen such pitiful cases in the South— barely tolerated spinsters living upon the grudging patronage of sister’s husband or brother’s wife!-stuck away in some little mousetrap of a room-encouraged by one in-law to visit another-little birdlike women without any nest-eating the crust of humility all their life!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • His period of admiration was over, and he reacted towards patronage.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Your most instructive pamphlet has been widely circulated through the patronage of the bishop, and has been of appreciable service….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • These articles Phoebe accordingly supplied, and, as a mark of gratitude for his previous patronage, and a slight super-added morsel after breakfast, put likewise into his hand a whale!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He was beyond comparison the most pleasant man; he certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr. Darcy had considerable patronage in the church, and his cousin could have none at all.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He interested himself for me strongly in that instance, as he did in many others afterward, continuing his patronage till his death.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • And even could it have been found, how were the ladies on whose approval she depended to be induced to give her their patronage?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I’m hanged if I’ll stand your airs of superiority and infernal pity and patronage.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The hotel was continually losing patronage because of its shabbiness and she thought of herself as also shabby.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • —went with the timorous patronage of these creatures towards him and held out a grey ear to be whispered into.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Thus it is that in the country districts of the South, by written or unwritten law, peonage, hindrances to the migration of labor, and a system of white patronage exists over large areas.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He had come, in a mood of solemn parental patronage, to look on.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • A few years later, when Robbie won his scholarship to the local grammar, Jack Tallis took the first step in an enduring patronage by paying for the uniform and textbooks.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Poor Tom’s blundering patronage when they were out of doors together would sometimes make him turn upon the well-meaning lad quite savagely; and his eyes, usually sad and quiet, would flash with anything but playful lightning.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Pennyways now felt himself to be in something of a difficulty, for should Bathsheba and Troy become reconciled it would be necessary to regain her good opinion if he would secure the patronage of her husband.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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