paterfamilias


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pa·ter·fa·mil·i·as

 (pā′tər-fə-mĭl′ē-əs, pä′-, păt′ər-)
n. pl. pa·tres·fa·mil·i·as (pā′trēz-, pä′-, păt′rēz-)
A man who is the head of a household or the father of a family.

[Latin paterfamiliās : pater, father; see pater + familiās, archaic genitive of familia, family; see family.]

paterfamilias

(ˌpeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
n, pl patresfamilias (ˌpɑːtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪˌæs)
1. the male head of a household
2. (Law) Roman law
a. the head of a household having authority over its members
b. the parental or other authority of another person
[Latin: father of the family]

pa•ter•fa•mil•i•as

(ˌpeɪ tər fəˈmɪl i əs, ˌpɑ-, ˌpæt ər-)

n.
the male head of a household or family, usu. the father.
[1425–75; < Latin: literally, father of the household, with archaic genitive familiās of familia family]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paterfamilias - the male head of family or tribepaterfamilias - the male head of family or tribe  
head of household - the head of a household or family or tribe
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
Translations

paterfamilias

[ˈpeɪtəfəˈmɪlɪæs] N (patresfamilias (pl)) [ˌpɑːtreɪzfəˈmɪlɪæs]padre m de familia

paterfamilias

nFamilienvater m, → Paterfamilias m (geh)
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Y esto tanto en el mundo grecorromano --donde esta institucion aseguraba la descendencia, que traia el reconocimiento social al paterfamilias y su felicidad mas alla de la muerte--, como en el judio, donde el sentido divino del matrimonio se veia aquilatado por la ordenacion divina del matrimonio originario y su relacion con la dimension esponsal de la union de Dios con su pueblo.
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