patriarchy

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From Latin patriarchia, from Byzantine Greek πατριαρχία (patriarkhía), from Koine Greek πατριάρχης (patriárkhēs, patriarch), from πατρία (patría) and ἄρχω (árkhō).

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patriarchy (plural patriarchies)

  1. (anthropology, historical) A social system in which the father is head of the household, having authority over women and children, and in which lineage is traced through the male line.
  2. (feminism) A system of government or society in which men are dominant or preferred.
  3. (Christianity) The office of a patriarch; a patriarchate.

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