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- n. government by a patriarch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Government by a patriarch, or the head of a family.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Government by a patriarch or the head of a family, who is both ruler and priest.
Such government as they have is a blending of a little democracy with strong patriarchism.
It may be true, that the majority of the slave proprietors were humane men; that some of them were even philanthropic in their way, and inclined towards giving to the unholy institution a colour of _patriarchism_.
Nandgaon has managed to keep itself free from strife by the simple expedient of cutting off the road that leads to the village and adhering to the benevolent patriarchism wielded by its headman, Gopal Mundkur.
Balaam, the last representative of patriarchism, was required to curse the Jewish Church, just as it afterwards would not succumb to Christianity without a struggle (Nu