This patrician decline occurred at the state and local level as well.
He could be unbearably glib, but his patrician persona and acid tongue, his radiating sense of superiority, made for good showbiz.
Max Wilson gave Ralph Lauren women's wear its patrician flair.
One of those votes belonged to Justice Lewis Powell, a well-heeled, patrician justice from Virginia appointed by Richard Nixon.
This woman with no patrician forebears is ready for the throne already.
Gone now was the consciousness of strength, the dignity of the patrician!
Proud am I of my distant land, and proud now to be a patrician of Rome.'
His integrity was republican—his loftiness of spirit was patrician.
I esteem the rose a patrician, and fairly entitled to patrician manners.
It was such a clasp of diamonds as would have hastened the pulsation of a patrician wrist.
early 15c., "member of the ancient Roman noble order," from Middle French patricien, from Latin patricius "of the rank of the nobles, of the senators; of fatherly dignity," from patres conscripti "Roman senators," literally "fathers," plural of pater "father" (see father (n.)). Contrasted, in ancient Rome, with plebeius. Applied to noble citizens and higher orders of free folk in medieval Italian and German cities (sense attested in English from 1610s); hence "nobleman, aristocrat" in a modern sense (1630s). As an adjective, attested from 1610s, from the noun.