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patriarchal

[pey-tree-ahr-kuh l] /ˌpeɪ triˈɑr kəl/
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.
Related forms
patriarchally, patriarchically, adverb
antipatriarchal, adjective
antipatriarchally, adverb
quasi-patriarchal, adjective
unpatriarchal, adjective
unpatriarchally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un patriarchal

patriarchal

adj.

mid-15c., "pertaining to a (Church) patriarch," from patriarch + -al, or else from Late Latin patriarchalis, from patriarcha.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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