- patron saint,
Origin of patronage
Examples from the Web for patronage
Barack Obama has shown America that crony corporatism, patronage politics, and limitless government know no party.
Kate's patronage of the High Street is undoubtedly partly to blame.Kate Middleton's History of Flesh-Flashing Wardrobe Malfunctions|Tom Sykes|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is why Tocqueville puts such a stress on the perils of patronage.
Instead, patronage networks evolved based on proximity to power, military might and wealth.
He keeps order chiefly thanks to the patronage that he can grant and withdraw according to his discretion and whim.
There were hundreds of other things in the great city, but they had their share of patronage.A Little Girl in Old San Francisco|Amanda Minnie Douglas
Take off 20, or you lose my patronage, and that of all my friends.Japhet, In Search Of A Father|Frederick Marryat
The immediate form which the patronage of Burke and that, soon added, of Thurlow took, is one which rather shocks the present day.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860|George Saintsbury
To those who acted respectfully towards him and his wife he gave his patronage and made efforts to improve their position.The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub
Two anatomists became famous through the investigations they were permitted to make under the patronage of the enlightened ruler.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
- the support given or custom brought by a patron or patroness
- the position of a patron
- the practice of making appointments to office, granting contracts, etc
- the favours so distributed
- a condescending manner
- any kindness done in a condescending way
late 14c., "right of presenting a qualified person to a church benefice," from Old French patronage (14c.) from patron (see patron). Secular sense of "action of giving influential support" is from 1550s. General sense of "power to give jobs or favors" is from 1769; meaning "regular business of customers" is 1804.
The power of a government official or leader to make appointments and offer favors. Once in office, a politician can use patronage to build a loyal following. Though practiced at all levels of government, patronage is most often associated with the machine politics of big cities. (See spoils system.)