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patrimony

[pa-truh-moh-nee] /ˈpæ trəˌmoʊ ni/
noun, plural patrimonies.
1.
an estate inherited from one's father or ancestors.
2.
any quality, characteristic, etc., that is inherited; heritage.
3.
the aggregate of one's property.
4.
the estate or endowment of a church, religious house, etc.
Origin of patrimony
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English patrimonie < Middle French < Latin patrimōnium. See patri-, -mony
Related forms
patrimonial, adjective
patrimonially, adverb
Synonyms
1. inheritance.
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patrimony

/ˈpætrɪmənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
an inheritance from one's father or other ancestor
2.
the endowment of a church
Derived Forms
patrimonial (ˌpætrɪˈməʊnɪəl) adjective
patrimonially, adverb
Word Origin
C14 patrimoyne, from Old French, from Latin patrimonium paternal inheritance
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Word Origin and History for patrimony
n.

mid-14c., "property of the Church," also "spiritual legacy of Christ," from Old French patremoine "heritage, patrimony" (12c.) and directly from Latin patrimonium "a paternal estate, inheritance from a father," also figurative, from pater (genitive patris) "father" (see father (n.)) + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition. Meaning "property inherited from a father or ancestors" is attested from late 14c. Figurative sense of "immaterial things handed down from the past" is from 1580s. A curious sense contrast to matrimony.

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