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patrōnus ī, m

pater, a protector, defender, patron : nefas est deserere patronos, Cs.: plebis, L.: patroni civitatis, Cs.: coloniae.— The former master (of a freedman), C.A defender, advocate, pleader : si patronus huic causae constitueretur: foederum ac foederatorum: iustitiae: Qui modo patronus nunc cupit esse cliens, O.

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