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Princeton's WordNet

  1. patriarchaladjective

    characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line

  2. patriarchaladjective

    relating to or characteristic of a man who is older or higher in rank


  1. patriarchaladjective

    Relating to a system run by males, rather than females.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Patriarchaladjective

    Etymology: patriarchal, Fr. from patriarch.

    Such drowsy sedentary souls have they,
    Who would to patriarchal years live on,
    Fix’d to hereditary clay,
    And know no climate but their own. John Norris.

    Nimrod enjoyed this patriarchal power; but he against right enlarged his empire, by seizing violently on the rights of other lords. John Locke.

    Archbishops or metropolitans in France are immediately subject to the pope’s jurisdiction; and, in other places, they are immediately subject to the patriarchal sees. John Ayliffe.


  1. patriarchal

    Patriarchal refers to any system, society, or organization that is dominated, controlled, or governed by men or where men have the majority of power or authority. It is often associated with traditional gender roles where men are considered superior, authoritative, or dominant, while women are viewed as subordinate or less important. Such systems often result in the marginalization or oppression of women and other genders.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patriarchaladjective

    of or pertaining to a patriarch or to patriarchs; possessed by, or subject to, patriarchs; as, patriarchal authority or jurisdiction; a patriarchal see; a patriarchal church

  2. Patriarchaladjective

    characteristic of a patriarch; venerable

  3. Patriarchaladjective

    having an organization of society and government in which the head of the family exercises authority over all its generations

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. patriarcal.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patriarchal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patriarchal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of patriarchal in a Sentence

  1. Altamira Gonzalo Valganon:

    With some exceptions of course, judges in this country are generally cut off from social reality, have been educated in a patriarchal system, and have more empathy with men than women.

  2. Petula Ho:

    [ The pro-democracy movement ] has this populist element which has made it more patriarchal and more difficult for diversity and gender issues to exist.

  3. Abril Vilatrollol:

    It's essential to demonstrate and more in a day like women's day because there are still a lot of gaps and problems in society that women face and need to overcome. We are in a patriarchal society.

  4. Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan:

    My creator cannot create me in a way that I am subservient to another human being. My creator cannot make me secondary to a man just because I'm a woman, that gave me strength to question patriarchal attitudes. I'm equal to anybody in this world.

  5. Thomas Zimmer:

    Conservatives are acutely aware that they don't have numerical majorities for this project of basically turning the clock back to 1950s-style White Christian patriarchal dominance, this is important, I think, because of the specific political strategies that the Republican Party is committed to.

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