There was the square of rough cloth in her hand, and the sticky needle, and the thread that would knot in spite of patiences care.
What are you and Bertie sitting here for like two patiences on monuments?
Suddenly the soldier in command stopped in front of patiences chair and laid a heavy hand on her little bare, brown arm.
People who are really fond of other patiences don't; they despise it because it comes out.
c.1200, "quality of being patient in suffering," from Old French pacience "patience; sufferance, permission" (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia "patience, endurance, submission; quality of suffering," from patientem (nominative patiens), present participle of pati "to suffer, endure," from PIE root *pe(i)- "to damage, injure, hurt" (see passion).
Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]Meaning "constancy in effort" is attested from 1510s. Meaning "card game for one person" is from 1816.