English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'patronage'

(noun) 
Definition
the support or custom given by a patron
Charles II set about reviving royal patronage of the arts.
Synonyms
support
They are prepared to resort to violence in support of their views.
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promotion
dedicated to the promotion of new ideas and research
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sponsorship
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backing
She brought her action with the financial backing of the BBC.
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help
Thanks very much for your help.
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aid
He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
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championship
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assistance
He's been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers.
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encouragement
The encouragement of trade will benefit the process of economic reform.
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espousal
the leadership's espousal of the causes of reform and nationalism
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(noun) 
a system based on corruption and political patronage
Synonyms
nepotism
They protested at what they described as nepotism and corruption in the government.
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bias
There were fierce attacks on the BBC for alleged political bias.
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favouritism
Accusations of political favouritism abound.
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preferential treatment
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partiality
The judge was accused of partiality.
(noun) 
Definition
a condescending manner
exuding all the patronage that was to be expected from a descendant of doges
Synonyms
condescension
There was a tinge of condescension in the way the woman received me.
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contempt
I will treat that remark with the contempt it deserves.
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disdain
She looked at him with disdain.
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snobbery
social and educational snobbery
, ,
deigning
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snobbishness
(noun) 
Definition
the support or custom given by a patron
I am withdrawing my patronage from your hotel.
Synonyms
custom
Providing discounts is not the only way to win custom.
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business
young people seeking a career in business
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trade
The ministry has control over every aspect of foreign trade.
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trading
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traffic
traffic in illicit drugs
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commerce
They have made their fortunes from industry and commerce.
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clientele
This pub has a mixed clientele.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of aid
Definition
money, equipment, or services provided for people in need
He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
in the sense of assistance
Definition
help or support
He's been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers.
in the sense of backing
Definition
support
She brought her action with the financial backing of the BBC.
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