- 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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Examples from the Web for patriarchal
And yes, that authoritarian, patriarchal guru-power structure, invariably, always leads to abuses.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?
November 21, 2014
In a patriarchal society—our society—a naked woman is a dangerous thing.A Respectable, Non-Exploitative Story About Kim Kardashian’s Bare-Naked, Greased-Up Ass
November 13, 2014
It seems that, in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grown-ups.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept 8-14
September 14, 2014
Never mind that the patriarchal belief system woven throughout the cartoon content is itself shockingly outdated.Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny
June 3, 2014
Because marriage is a patriarchal, sexist institution that should be discarded rather than reformed.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
May 27, 2014
She, too, seems determined to make me the patriarchal leader of a band.The Letters of Robert Burns
Existing marriage is a pernicious survival of the patriarchal age.
It is a part of the patriarchal custom which regards women as property.
It was the portrait of an old man with a beautiful forehead and a patriarchal face.The Eternal City
I had never before and have never since seen such a patriarchal figure.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Word Origin and History for patriarchal
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