- a form of social organization in which the father is the supreme authority in the family, clan, or tribe and descent is reckoned in the male line, with the children belonging to the father's clan or tribe.
- a society, community, or country based on this social organization.
- a social system in which power is held by men, through cultural norms and customs that favor men and withhold opportunity from women: The corporate glass ceiling is one consequence of patriarchy in education and business.
- (often initial capital letter) the men in power in a society (usually preceded by the): The Patriarchy is vested in maintenance of the status quo.
Origin of patriarchy
Examples from the Web for patriarchy
She was born into a patriarchy and an industry that hyper-sexualizes women all the time.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’
December 3, 2014
She is against the patriarchy, especially when personified in villainous ogres like the Duke of Deception.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
“They will be the advocates of patriarchy, traditional systems and behavior,” Dhakal says.The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms
September 18, 2014
Or a select few can boost their grades by braiding their armpit hair and fighting the patriarchy.
And maybe dealing a death blow to the patriarchy in the process.
In this we seem to have the savor of a system of patriarchy.Ifugao Law
R. F. Burton
A patriarchy is a monarchy in which the chief power is exercised by a patriarch, or father.Elements of Civil Government
Alexander L. Peterman
Patriarchy succeeded matriarchy, but whether as a gradual evolution or otherwise is not clear.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races
Sanger Brown, II
The first form of government was a patriarchy—the father of the family and of the tribe being the ruler.The Theistic Conception of the World
B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker
- a form of social organization in which a male is the head of the family and descent, kinship, and title are traced through the male line
- any society governed by such a system
Word Origin and History for patriarchy
1560s, in ecclesiastical sense, from Greek patriarkhia, from patriarkhes (see patriarch). Meaning "system of society or government by fathers or elder males of the community" first recorded 1630s.