Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a matriarch or to matriarchy; relating to the superior importance of mothers (in certain respects, as the reckoning of descent) in a family, clan, or tribe; characterized by matriarchy.
- adj. Governed by (or as if by) a matriarch
- adj. Governed by females, rather than by males.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a matriarch; governed by a matriarch or matriarchs.
- adj. characteristic of a matriarchy
“However, unless the viewer knows those stories already, they can only be guessed at; for these are explosive painterly meditations on the idea of matriarchal power (with only the occasional Hebrew name to anchor them more precisely) rather than explicit descriptions of historical figures.”
“It is popular with domestic tourists for its mountain and lake views as well as for the local Mosuo (摩梭) people, who are officially listed as a subgroup of the Naxi (纳西族) people and are best known as a matriarchal society, a label which can be misleading at times.”
“The assumption made by the colonial ethnographer about their societies having been "matriarchal" in composition is potentially misleading because matrilineality, while perhaps giving the preponderance of importance for purposes of inheritance to the female line, is not necessarily commensurate with female governance or domination.”
“Ms. Kay compares the imagined "matriarchal" imposition of loose sexual morals which, again - from what fevered imagination did this come? against the sexual oppression imposed by the patriarchy and finds the former more insidious.”
“Ludacris cited, inexplicably, in her article as evidence of this "matriarchal" culture of porn - last time I checked?”
“Another implication of these results, Ian wrote, was that it was unlikely Çatalhöyük was the kind of matriarchal society that James Mellaart and Marija Gimbutas had imagined.”
“In some societies at one time misunderstood as "matriarchal" women occupy pivotal statuses in succession to kin group membership, political office, inheritance, and residence (things of great importance in other societies).”
“More generally, rights of dynasty were inherited through the mother's side, making Egypt a "matriarchal" society.”
“The society became now a kind of matriarchal hive.”
“matriarchal," _i. e._ understanding by that term a system in which descent is traced through females.”
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