patriarchate

patriarchate

[pey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt]
noun
1.
the office, dignity, jurisdiction, province, or residence of an ecclesiastical patriarch.
2.
a patriarchy.

Origin:
1610–20; < Medieval Latin patriarchātus, equivalent to Late Latin patriarch(a) (see patriarch) + Latin -ātus -ate3

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patriarchate (ˈpeɪtrɪˌɑːkɪt)
 
n
1.  the office, jurisdiction, province, or residence of a patriarch
2.  a family or people under male domination or government

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