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[pey-tree-ahr-kuh l] /ˌpeɪ triˈɑr kəl/
of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.:
my father's conservative, patriarchal ways.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She, too, seems determined to make me the patriarchal leader of a band.

  • Existing marriage is a pernicious survival of the patriarchal age.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • It is a part of the patriarchal custom which regards women as property.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • It was the portrait of an old man with a beautiful forehead and a patriarchal face.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • I had never before and have never since seen such a patriarchal figure.

Word Origin and History for patriarchal

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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