American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a patriarch.
- adj. Of or relating to a patriarchy: a patriarchal social system.
- adj. Ruled by a patriarch: a patriarchal see.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a patriarch: as, patriarchal power or jurisdiction.
- Subject to a patriarch: as, a patriarchal church.
- Pertaining to or of the nature of a patriarchy.
- Resembling or characteristic of a patriarch; venerable.
- Also patriarchic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a patriarch or to patriarchs; possessed by, or subject to, patriarchs
- adj. Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable.
- adj. (Ethnol.) Having an organization of society and government in which the head of the family exercises authority over all its generations.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of a man who is older or higher in rank
- adj. characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
- patriarch + -al (Wiktionary)
“I'm torn between using the term patriarchal conspiracy and thinking of a term that's less likely to get me laughed of the internet”
“Encouragement and support do they derive from James, in maintaining the "peculiar institution" whence they derived their wealth, which they call patriarchal, and boast of as the "corner-stone" of the republic?”
“Encouragement and support do they derive from James, in maintaining the "peculiar institution" which they call patriarchal, and boast of as the "corner-stone" of the republic?”
“Under the systems which we call patriarchal, the modern distinctions between sins and crimes had no existence.”
“Under the systems which we call patriarchal, the modern distinction between sins and crimes had no existence.”
“Mr. Cioffi's first essay on Freud, "Freud and the Idea of a Pseudo-Science," attracted little attention when it was published in 1970, partly because it appeared in a philosophy journal and partly because it was overshadowed by another Freud critique that drew a lot of attention that year: Kate Millett's "Sexual Politics," which condemned Freud along with many others for what she called his patriarchal bias against women.”
“We couldn't help note both books concern the plight of powerless women living in patriarchal societies — and that they were both written by men.”
“A tale of lust, class, treachery and retribution, Middleton's early 17th-century tragedy (the exact date of composition is disputed) follows the ill-starred loves of three women grappling for autonomy in patriarchal Florence.”
“Throughout western history runs a consistent theme, particularly prominent in patriarchal societies, that various forms of contact by an old man with young women improve health and re-create his youth.”
“Although there is a lot less evidence the further back you go (and no written words) it is likely that the control of sexuality (and concomitantly of reproduction) – and not just in patriarchal ways – has been a feature of human society since the beginning.”
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