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[pey-tree-ahr-kuh l] /ˌpeɪ triˈɑr kəl/
of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.:
my father's conservative, patriarchal ways.
characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men:
the highly patriarchal Mormon church.
Sometimes, patriarchic, patriarchical.
Related forms
patriarchally, patriarchically, adverb
antipatriarchal, adjective
antipatriarchally, adverb
quasi-patriarchal, adjective
unpatriarchal, adjective
unpatriarchally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for patriarchal
  • It is nothing but a reflection of the patriarchal world we live in.
  • But, with all the fun outdoors, there was a patriarchal emphasis on discipline indoors.
  • It makes no traditional hierarchical and patriarchal claims.
  • The six comedians, however iconoclastic they were for their times, certainly embodied some patriarchal prejudices.
  • Women buy 55 percent of movie tickets, and go to the movies more frequently, so we're not talking patriarchal box office receipts.
  • In a patriarchal society like Punjab, women are defined by matrimony.
  • For most people, it was that world—orderly, patriarchal and even devout—that still dominated daily life.
  • The waning of polygamy did not spell the end of patriarchal societies.
  • He indulged in a severely patriarchal style of parenting.
  • But in her father's house the same patriarchal rules apply.
Word Origin and History for patriarchal

mid-15c., "pertaining to a (Church) patriarch," from patriarch + -al, or else from Late Latin patriarchalis, from patriarcha.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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