[ 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 pa·tri·ar·chic, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal.

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