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. 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. A system of government or society in which men are dominant.
  3. (Christianity) The office of a patriarch; a patriarchate.

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