ETYM Latin auspicium, from auspex: cf. French auspice. Related to Auspicate.
A favorable omen.
Omen, especially of good fortune; pl., observation of such omen; patronage; protection.
Kindly endorsement and guidance; SYN. protection, aegis.
ETYM French patronage. Related to Late Lat. patronaticum, and Latin patronatus.
(Politics) Granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
Power to give a favored appointment to an office or position in politics, business, or the church; or sponsorship of the arts. Patronage was for centuries bestowed mainly by individuals (in Europe often royal or noble) or by the church.
In the 20th century, patrons have tended to be political parties, the state, and—in the arts—private industry and foundations.
ETYM Latin protectio: cf. French protection.
1. The activity of protecting someone or something; SYN. protecting, guarding.
2. The condition of being protected; SYN. shelter.
3. The imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition; SYN. trade protection.
4. Payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence; SYN. tribute.