noun, plural patrimonies.
an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors.
any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
the aggregate of one's property.
the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.

1300–50; Middle English patrimonie < Middle French < Latin patrimōnium. See patri-, -mony

patrimonial, adjective
patrimonially, adverb

1. inheritance. Unabridged
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patrimony (ˈpætrɪmənɪ)
n , pl -nies
1.  an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
2.  the endowment of a church
[C14 patrimoyne, from Old French, from Latin patrimonium paternal inheritance]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "property of the Church," also "spiritual legacy of Christ," from O.Fr. patrimonie (12c.), from L. patrimonium "a paternal estate, inheritance," from pater (gen. patris) "father" + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning "property inherited from a father or ancestors"
is attested from late 14c. Fig. sense of "immaterial things handed down from the past" is from 1580s. A curious sense contrast to matrimony.
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Example sentences
Patrimonial capitalism's legacy is that many people see reform as a euphemism for corruption and self-dealing.
Countries were not yet provoked by the press and soaring prices into patrimonial protectionism.
If you already possess a patrimonial object, please turn it in.
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