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

  • n. The territory, rule, or rank of a patriarch.
  • n. See patriarchy.

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  • n. The term of office of a Christian patriarch.
  • n. The office or ecclesial jurisdiction of such a patriarch.
  • n. The office-space occupied by a patriarch and his staff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office, dignity, or jurisdiction of a patriarch.
  • n. The residence of an ecclesiastic patriarch.
  • n. A patriarchal form of government or society. See Patriarchal, a., 3.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office, dignity, or status of a patriarch; also, the period of office of a patriarch.
  • n. The residence of a patriarch.
  • n. The community or province under the jurisdiction of a patriarch.
  • n. A patriarchy or patriarchal community.
  • n. The state of social organization, in which the child is a member of the social division to which its father belongs.

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

  • n. a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
  • n. the jurisdiction of a patriarch


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From Ancient Greek πατήρ (patēr) "father" + -archy, "rule".


  • For to deny that the patriarchate is a legal entity with certain rights, an entity that can work with the Turkish government within the framework of the law, means that all issues between the patriarchate and the state become po-litical issues, subject to political pressures and counterpressures -- especially problematic, since less than one tenth of 1 per-cent of the Turkish population is Orthodox.

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  • The whole southwest of Jerusalem around their patriarchate is the "Armenian quarter".

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  • Near the patriarchate is the large Orthodox monastery (St. Constantine) with a printing press and hospice for pilgrims.

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  • + The Great Church, that is, the patriarchate of Constantinople that takes precedence of the others.

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  • Tuesday visited the ecumenical patriarchate, which is our headquarters, and when we had a cup of coffee in my office, he asked me, 'Do you think you will leave this country some day sooner or later and go somewhere else' in order to serve the ecumenical mission under better conditions?

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  • The emperor himself gave Pope Miltiades the ancient palace of the Laterani family, and the basilica, the baptistery, and the patriarchate, that is, the Bishop of Rome’s residence -- where the Popes lived until the Avignon period -- were all built there.

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  • Now, four years into Benedicts's pontificate and nearly 100 days into Kirill's patriarchate, nearly all Vatican observers agree that, as Pope John Paul II was driven by the desire to end the scourge of atheist Communism, so Pope Benedict XVI still hopes passionately to see the restoration of a unified Church.


  • The Centaurus Colony may then be declared a separate patriarchate, with full patriarchal jurisdiction going to the cardinal who will accompany you.

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  • Catholics will tell you that one of the proofs of Petrine and Papal supremacy is that Rome is the only patriarchate never to fall into heresy.

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  • Last month reporter Joyce Akiki and her crew were assaulted and their camera smashed in a village that is home to a large Shiite population while covering news of illegal construction on land purportedly owned by the Christian Maronite patriarchate.

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