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patronage
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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
  • 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.
    2.4 — Book 2 Chapter 4 — "The Young Idea" (9% in)
  • "Well, Bob," said Tom, with a slight air of patronage, the foregoing reminscences having disposed him to be as friendly as was becoming, though there was no part of his acquaintance with Bob that he remembered better than the cause of their parting quarrel; "is there anything I can do for you?"
    3.6 — Book 3 Chapter 6 — Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice.... (39% in)

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