patriarchy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin patriarchia, from Byzantine Greek πατριαρχία, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek πατριάρχης (patriarkhēs, patriarch), from πατρία and ἄρχω.

Noun[edit]

patriarchy (plural patriarchies)

  1. A social system in which the father is head of the household, having authority over women and children.
  2. A system of government by males.
  3. The dominance of men in social or cultural systems.
  4. (Christianity) The office of a patriarch; a patriarchate.

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