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a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper.
a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
Contemporary Examples

Hizbullah’s Triumph and Agony Bruce Riedel July 22, 2011
Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions Christopher Looney April 13, 2014
The Things Not Asked; Tonight Michael Tomasky October 21, 2012
Gavin Arvizo’s New Beginning: Jackson Abuse Accuser Gets Married at 24 Diane Dimond December 8, 2013
China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages Brendon Hong April 13, 2014

Historical Examples

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker Tobias Smollett
Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon
The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
Natural History in Anecdote Various

a person who supports or helps a person, institution, etc, esp by giving money; patron


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