Definitions

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  • n. Office of a patriarch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A patriarchate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office of a patriarch.

Etymologies

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patriarch +‎ -ship

Examples

  • There had come, as the years went by, a few recruits; but faces were missing: the two Tabors had gone, and Uncle Joe Davey could no longer lay claim to the patriarchship; he had laid it down with a half-sigh and gone his way.

    The Conquest of Canaan

  • “Ecclesiastical power (saith the Archbishop of Spalato (1053)) may appoint and convocate councils; but yet the ecclesiastical power itself cannot, with any effect or working, compel bishops, especially if the bishops of another province, or kingdom, or patriarchship, be to be convocated.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

Comments

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  • Thanks, fbharjo!

    December 11, 2010

  • also torchship after the science fiction matter-to-energy spaceship of the Heinlein SF novel of 1950 'Farmer in the Sky.'

    December 11, 2010

  • churchship

    December 11, 2010

  • Like dachshund, and Shalom Achshav (Israeli peace movement), patriarchship contains the string -chsh-. Can anyone supply me with other examples containing this string?

    December 11, 2010