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"No," I replied, with much astonishment at the patness with which he spoke my true name.

Harrigan Blood admitted the patness of the guess with a wave of his hand, leaning heavily on the table with his elbows.

The eloquent statement you have just made, for instance—it carries all the patness of old conviction.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "a blow, stroke," perhaps originally imitative of the sound of patting. Meaning "light tap with hand" is from c.1804. Sense of "that which is formed by patting" (as in pat of butter) is 1754, probably from the verb. Pat on the back in the figurative sense attested by 1804.

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