Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The position or office of a head or leader; primacy or command.
  • n. Chiefly British The position of a headmaster or headmistress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The position of a head or chief
  • n. The position of a headmaster or headmistress
  • n. authority or dignity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Authority or dignity; chief place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or position of being a head or chief; head or chief place; hence, authority; rule; government.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the position of headmaster or headmistress
  • n. the position of head

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Examples

  • He did not question the right of His Father to function as His head, nor did He attempt to redefine the notion of headship and submission through a "careful exegesis."

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  • That man is created first is seen as the first establishment of male headship, which is then further upheld and its application revealed.

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  • Many right-wing evangelicals in non-denominational churches often preach the "headship" of men and refuse to allow women pastors.

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  • What is also interesting is that it has been pointed out by Welch that the Second Adam headship which is explained by Cyril is Eucharistic.

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  • Using slogans like "traditional values," U.S. fundamentalists stress the "headship" of the father in a punitive family where women and children are subordinate to the will of the father ┬ľ the kind of family that prepares people to defer to "strong" leaders who brook no dissent and use force to impose their will.

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  • But it is an inferior who vows obedience, it is the inferior who loses legal rights, it is the inferior who yields to another the "headship" of the home.

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  • It was to dissipate this gloom that presently the man who sat at the head of the table, a bald and red-faced fellow who looked a German, and who seemed to exercise some kind of headship over the others, pushed back his chair a little from the board and glanced half anxiously and half angrily towards the inn door.

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  • The common morality with its family "headship" tends to dethrone the mother.

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  • Between the hard decorum of conscientious "headship," which freezes Mrs. ditto's married life, and the grumbling tyranny which threatens and, knocks down "my woman," how many grades of gross assumption and wretched submission intervene!

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  • An attempt will be made to interpret the Biblical meaning of "headship" and

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