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[pey-tree-ahr-kuh l]
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  1. of or relating 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.
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Sometimes pa·tri·ar·chic, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal.
Related formspa·tri·ar·chal·ly, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverban·ti·pa·tri·ar·chal, adjectivean·ti·pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, adverbqua·si-pa·tri·ar·chal, adjectiveun·pa·tri·ar·chal, adjectiveun·pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for patriarchal

fatherly, maternal, paternal, stately, grand, esteemed, revered, affectionate, benevolent, benign, comforting, devoted, fond, forbearing, gentle, indulgent, kind, loving, motherly, protective

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Word Origin and History for patriarchal


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

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