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From Old French patriarcat, from Medieval Latin patriarchatus, from Ancient Greek πατήρ (patḗr) "father" + -archy, "rule".


patriarchate (plural patriarchates)

  1. (Christianity) The term of office of a Christian patriarch.
    The patriarchate of Pope John Paul II as Patriarch of the West was more than 25 years.
  2. The office or ecclesial jurisdiction of such a patriarch.
    The Patriarchate of Constantinople has primacy over the whole of the Orthodox world.
  3. The office-space occupied by a patriarch and his staff.
    The Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem is, by modern standards, a very cramped space.

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(political science, politics): This term would describe a kind of polity.


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