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patriarchy (plural patriarchies)
- 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.
- A system of government or society in which men are dominant.
- (Christianity) The office of a patriarch; a patriarchate.
system of government
office of the patriarch — see patriarchate
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