matriarchate

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Etymology[edit]

From matriarch +‎ -ate, after patriarchate.

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matriarchate (plural matriarchates)

  1. A matriarchal system or community. [from 19th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      Like Byron's seraglio, the boudoir is a matriarchate guarded by eunuchs […].

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In the context of political science, this term would describe a kind of polity.

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