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Definition support or favor given
The exact sense of patronage depends upon its context. For example::
  • "wants to increase federal patronage of the arts" — donations made to support an organization or person
  • "a political patronage appointee" — favors given such as political appointments or contracts given in return for political support
  • "rewards repeat patronage" — business from customers — especially recurring business
  • Most ambassadors are selected from career Foreign Service officers, but many are appointed through political patronage.
patronage = political appointment in return for political support
  • President James Garfield was assassinated by someone who believed Garfield owed him a patronage position in the diplomatic corps.
  • patronage = support and favor (in the form of a political appointment)
  • Private patronage of musicians and artists was common at that time.
  • patronage = support
  • Their loyalty program gives rewards in return for continuing patronage.
  • patronage = customer business
  • 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
  • patronage = donations of money
  • Murtagh, however, has denounced his father's deeds and fled Galbatorix's patronage to seek his own destiny.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He took steps to get him a good position in a hospital, with plenty of opportunity for going on with his research, and assisted him by his patronage.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • They, however, which is to say the owner's daughter, who was at the desk when Alessandro departed, had no need of his patronage.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Leery of strong Protestant leanings in the Bohemian branch of the family, the Emperor, Rudolph II, had for a time withdrawn his patronage.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I am sorry to say that my patronage ends with this; and my interest is hardly more extensive.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • We are too old to regard fashion, too old to expect patronage of any greater or more powerful.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I would suggest that as you think her worthy of your patronage, you should exert your influence to keep her from these dangerous hands.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He himself, he insisted, had no say on patronage.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It seems very unfitting that I should have this patronage, yet I felt that I ought not to let it be used by some one else instead of me.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Patronage does not trouble me when it is well meant.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He had come, in a mood of solemn parental patronage, to look on.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt

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