What is the difference between office and patronage?

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As nouns the difference between office and patronage

is that office is a building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed while patronage is the act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.

As a verb patronage is

{{context|transitive|lang=en}} to support by being a patron of.




(en noun)
  • A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed.
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  • *:There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place. Pushing men hustle each other at the windows of the purser's office , under pretence of expecting letters or despatching telegrams.
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  • , title= Revenge of the nerds , passage=Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.}}
  • A bureau, an administrative unit of government.
  • A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.
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  • A charge or trust; a function.
  • *(Bible), (w) xi. 13
  • *:Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office .
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Hesperus, whose office is to bring / Twilight upon the earth.
  • *(Isaac Newton) (1642-1727)
  • *:In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms.
  • Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature.
  • Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister.
  • *(John Evelyn) (1620-1706)
  • *:This morning was read in the church, after the office was done, the declaration setting forth the late conspiracy against the king's person.
  • A major administrative division, notably in certain governmental administrations, either at ministry level (e.g. the British Home Office) or within or dependent on such a department.
  • (lb) That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a duty that arises from human relations.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I would I could do a good office between you.
  • *Doctrine and Covenants 25: 5 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah 1981
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  • *1813 , (Jane Austen), (Pride and Prejudice) , Modern Library Edition (1995), p.144
  • *:there I readily engaged in the office of pointing out to my friend the certain evils of such a choice.
  • (lb) The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc.
  • *(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • *:As for the offices , let them stand at distance.
  • *1887 , Sir (Arthur Conan Doyle), (A Study in Scarlet) , III:
  • *:A short passage, bare planked and dusty, led to the kitchen and offices .
  • An office suite; a collection of work?related computer programs (shortened from several such suites with 'office' in their name).
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  • The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.
  • His vigorous patronage of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.
  • Customers collectively; clientele; business.
  • The restaurant had an upper class patronage .
  • A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.
  • (politics) Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
  • Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
  • (Addison)
  • The right of nomination to political office.
  • (UK, legal) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
  • (Blackstone)


  • To support by being a patron of.
  • * 2003 , Hubert Michael Seiwert, Popular Religious Movements and Heterodox Sects in Chinese History , BRILL, ISBN 9789004131460, [http://books.google.com/books?id=Xg-gcQq1TGQC&pg=PA62&dq=patronaged page 62]:
  • Mingdi continued the policy of his father who had patronaged Confucian learning.
  • * 2004 , C.K. Gandhirajan, Organized Crime , APH Publishing Corporation, ISBN 978-81-7648-481-7, [http://books.google.com/books?id=ohyhsmWmelAC&pg=PA147&dq=patronaged page 147]:
  • Table 5.4 reveals the role of criminal gangs’ patron under each crime category. From this, we can understand that 74 percent of the mercenaries are patronaged and supported by the politicians either of the ruling or opposition party.
  • * 2007 , Stefaan Fiers and Ineke Secker, “A Career through the Party”, chapter 6 of Maurizio Cotta and Heinrich Best (editors), Democratic Representation in Europe , Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-923420-2, [http://books.google.com/books?id=EtetpwF-xHMC&pg=PA138&dq=patronaged page 138]:
  • To summarize: a person with a party political background is thus defined as ‘a person that has served in (a) and/or (b) a non-elective position inside the party administration of patronaged position in another organisation, i.e. the political functionary ’.
  • To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize; to patronise; to support; to keep going.
  • * in The Primary Teacher (magazine), Volume III, Number ??, New-England Publishing Company, [http://books.google.com/books?id=sxgVAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA33&dq=patronaged page 63]:
  • This house is largely patronaged by the professors and students of many of the Educational Institutions of New England and the Middle States; and all perons visiting New York, either for business or pleasure, will find this an excellent place at which to stop.
  • * 1902 May, in Oregon Poultry Journal , [http://books.google.com/books?id=flRMAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA27&dq=patronage page 27]:
  • Mr. F. A. Welch, of the Oak View Poultry Farm, Salem, starts an add with us this issue. Our readers will be treated well, if they patronage Mr. Welch.
  • * 2002 , Kevin Fox Gotham, Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development , SUNY Press, ISBN 978-0-7914-5377-3, [http://books.google.com/books?id=CRG0QOEw9wAC&pg=PA28&dq=patronaged page 28]:
  • Most public establishments catered to Blacks, and Whites actively patronaged some black-owned businesses (Martin 1982, 6, 9–11; Slingsby 1980, 31–32).