Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun

An inherited estate; inheritance.

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Usage examples "patrimony":

  1. The new Emperor, beginning his reign by putting several of his predecessor's adherents to death, caused Jacob's widow to fear for the safety of her sons; she therefore sent trusty messengers to them with a quantity of gold and precious stones, and bid them quit the country for a more secure asylum until their friends had rallied sufficiently to recover them their patrimony. - "Claimants to Royalty", John H. Ingram.
  2. Next me, at the long table where we were all thrown in together,- all who could not pay for private meals,- sat a poor fellow who had flung away a patrimony of three thousand a year. - "Richard Carvel, Complete", Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009.
  3. " Pardieu," said Montreal, with a stern smile, " I ought to be thankful for the preference shown to me; I have not yet received the commands, nor felt the vengeance, of the Tribune; yet, methinks, my humble castle lies just within the patrimony of St. Peter." - "Rienzi", Edward Bulwer Lytton.