a matriarchal system or community.
a social order formerly believed to have preceded patriarchal tribal society in the early period of human communal life, embodying rule by the mothers, or by all adult women.
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How to use matriarchate in a sentence
Another myth depicts the fall of the matriarchate in the following manner: During the rule of Cecrops, a double miracle occurred.
Thus the matriarchate was evolved that for a long time constituted the foundation of family relations and inheritance.
We have already shown that this right of the first night was a custom which had its origin in the time of the matriarchate.
Even in modern Germany remnants of the matriarchate survive.
The matriarchate disappeared and the patriarchate took its place.
British Dictionary definitions for matriarchate
rare a family or people under female domination or government
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