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: a patriarchal church in which women are not allowed to hold leadership roles.
- Sometimes pa·tri·ar·chic, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal .
- pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, pa·tri·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverb
- an·ti·pa·tri·ar·chal, adjective
- an·ti·pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, adverb
- qua·si-pa·tri·ar·chal, adjective
- un·pa·tri·ar·chal, adjective
- un·pa·tri·ar·chal·ly, adverb
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How to use patriarchal in a sentence
Instead, we can take inspiration from women like Elizabeth, a woman who—like so many others before her and long since—was declared insane by a patriarchal society simply for speaking her mind.Declared Insane for Speaking Up: The Dark American History of Silencing Women Through Psychiatry | Kate Moore | June 22, 2021 | Time
Sure, the Heidi Klums and Alessandra Ambrosios all walked with figures that represented a type of patriarchal oppression, but that was hardly their fault.How Can We Trust That Victoria Secret’s ‘Empowering’ Rebrand Is For Real? | Alaina Demopoulos | June 17, 2021 | The Daily Beast
You come face to face with the machinery of patriarchal justice, because your word, as a female victim, is doubted at every turn.Dozens of Women Accused Famous Intellectual Andrés Roemer of Sexual Abuse. They Came Together to Make the World Listen | Meaghan Beatley | June 1, 2021 | Time
As princesses, they typically have to learn to assert their agency within a restrictive, patriarchal society.Why it’s so satisfying to root for Disney villains | Aja Romano | May 28, 2021 | Vox
In the gross-out gags of Bridesmaids and Broad City as well as the strip-club revisionism of Hustlers and P-Valley, female creators have challenged the idea that raunchy humor and sexually explicit content must cater to patriarchal tastes.From Britney to Buffy, We're Suddenly Rethinking Postfeminist Pop Culture—and Nothing Could Be Healthier | Judy Berman | March 2, 2021 | Time
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? | Jay Michaelson | November 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Amy Zimmerman | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It seems that, in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grown-ups.
Never mind that the patriarchal belief system woven throughout the cartoon content is itself shockingly outdated.
Because marriage is a patriarchal, sexist institution that should be discarded rather than reformed.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along? | Jay Michaelson | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The patriarchal decree of the government was a good deal of a joke on the plains, anyway—except when you were caught defying it!Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
It is true that by patriarchal customs and laws Isaac belonged to Abraham as much as if he were a slave or an animal.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II | John Lord
Men in patriarchal times may have committed what we regard as crimes, while their ordinary lives were more virtuous than ours.Beacon Lights of History, Volume II | John Lord
During the patriarchal age the father of the family was priest.Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel | Frank G. Allen
Indeed, the patriarchal and Jewish religions were mainly typical.Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel | Frank G. Allen