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[pey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt] /ˈpeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt/
the office, dignity, jurisdiction, province, or residence of an ecclesiastical patriarch.
a patriarchy.
Origin of patriarchate
1610-20; < Medieval Latin patriarchātus, equivalent to Late Latin patriarch(a) (see patriarch) + Latin -ātus -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rise of the patriarchate implied the rule of private property and the subjugation and enslavement of woman.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • But we have not yet forgotten the habits and traditions of the patriarchate.

    Concerning Children Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • This right appertained to women in many ancient nations even under the patriarchate.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • The warden Shinsh had lost the patriarchate and with it the spiritual headship of Zen.

    Zen Buddhism Arthur Waley
  • The patriarchate is the régime under which live most half-civilised peoples and a great number of uncivilised.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • The ancient rule is that no bishop is eligible for the patriarchate.

  • He introduced the contemplative school and also the institution of the patriarchate, which for a time had some importance.

  • Under a patriarchate the mother yields to the grandmother and the great-grandmother.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for patriarchate


the office, jurisdiction, province, or residence of a patriarch
a family or people under male domination or government
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