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[pey-tree-ahr-kit, -keyt]
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  1. the office, dignity, jurisdiction, province, or residence of an ecclesiastical patriarch.
  2. a patriarchy.
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Origin of patriarchate

1610–20; < Medieval Latin patriarchātus, equivalent to Late Latin patriarch(a) (see patriarch) + Latin -ātus -ate3
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  1. the office, jurisdiction, province, or residence of a patriarch
  2. a family or people under male domination or government
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