patriarchal

[pey-tree-ahr-kuhl]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.: my father's conservative, patriarchal ways.
2.
characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men: the highly patriarchal Mormon church.
Sometimes, patriarchic, patriarchical.

patriarchally, patriarchically, adverb
antipatriarchal, adjective
antipatriarchally, adverb
quasi-patriarchal, adjective
unpatriarchal, adjective
unpatriarchally, adverb
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patriarch (ˈpeɪtrɪˌɑːk)
 
n
1.  Compare matriarch the male head of a tribe or family
2.  a very old or venerable man
3.  Old Testament any of a number of persons regarded as the fathers of the human race, divided into the antediluvian patriarchs, from Adam to Noah, and the postdiluvian, from Noah to Abraham
4.  Old Testament any of the three ancestors of the Hebrew people: Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob
5.  Old Testament any of Jacob's twelve sons, regarded as the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel
6.  Early Church the bishop of one of several principal sees, esp those of Rome, Antioch, and Alexandria
7.  Eastern Orthodox Church the bishops of the four ancient principal sees of Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, and also of Russia, Romania, and Serbia, the bishop of Constantinople (the ecumenical Patriarch) being highest in dignity among these
8.  RC Church
 a.  a title given to the pope
 b.  a title given to a number of bishops, esp of the Uniat Churches, indicating their rank as immediately below that of the pope
9.  Mormon Church another word for Evangelist
10.  Eastern Christianity the head of the Coptic, Armenian, Syrian Jacobite, or Nestorian Churches, and of certain other non-Orthodox Churches in the East
11.  the oldest or most venerable member of a group, community, etc: the patriarch of steam engines
12.  a person regarded as the founder of a community, tradition, etc
 
[C12: via Old French from Church Latin patriarcha]
 
patri'archal
 
adj
 
patri'archally
 
adv

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patriarchal
1560s, "pertaining to a (Church) patriarch," from L.L. patriarchalis (c.500), from patriarcha (see patriarch).
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Example sentences
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.
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