patriarchal


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pa·tri·ar·chal

 (pā′trē-är′kəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a patriarch.
2. Of or relating to a patriarchy: a patriarchal social system.
3. Ruled by a patriarch: a patriarchal see.

pa′tri·ar′chal·ism n.
pa′tri·ar′chal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.patriarchal - characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
paternal - characteristic of a father
matriarchal - characteristic of a matriarchy
2.patriarchal - relating to or characteristic of a man who is older or higher in rank
Translations
أبَوي، بَطْرِيَرْكي
patriarchální
mandsdomineret
patriarkális
ættföîur-; feîraveldis-
patriarchálny
ataerkilbabaerkil

patriarchal

[ˌpeɪtrɪˈɑːkəl] ADJpatriarcal

patriarchal

[ˌpeɪtriˈɑːrkəl] adj [system, society, family] → patriarcal(e)

patriarchal

patriarchal

[peɪtrɪˈɑːkl] adj (society, role) → patriarcale; (man, figure) → dall'aspetto patriarcale

patriarch

(ˈpeitriaːk) noun
1. the male head of a family or tribe.
2. especially in the Eastern Orthodox Church, a high-ranking bishop.
ˌpatriˈarchal adjective
of, like, ruled by etc a patriarch or patriarchs. a patriarchal society/church.
References in classic literature ?
The venerable Father Ephraim sat in his easy chair, not only hoary headed and infirm with age, but worn down by a lingering disease, which, it was evident, would very soon transfer his patriarchal staff to other hands.
Without thinking it worth while to explain that in the course of some quarter of a century he had experienced occasional slight fluctuations in his health and spirits, Clennam answered generally that he had never been better, or something equally to the purpose; and shook hands with the possessor of 'that head' as it shed its patriarchal light upon him.
There is something antique and patriarchal," observes Captain Bonneville, "in this union of the offices of leader and priest; as there is in many of their customs and manners, which are all strongly imbued with religion.
The good old man addressed him with the paternal affection and patriarchal privilege which his venerable age, his upright and holy character, and his station in the church, entitled him to use and, conjoined with this, the deep, almost worshipping respect, which the minister's professional and private claims alike demanded.
He was now, I gathered, living partly on his pension, and spoke of this daughter married, this daughter in service here, and that daughter in service there, one son settled in London and another in the States, with something of a patriarchal pride, with the independent air too of a man who could honestly say to himself that, with few advantages from fortune, having had, so to say, to work his passage, every foot and hour of it, across those twenty-two thousand miles and those sixty-seven years, he had made a thoroughly creditable job of his life.
The conseilles de famille is a beautiful and wise provision of the national code, and aids greatly in maintaining that system of patriarchal rule which lies at the foundation of the whole social structure.
The bread-fruit tree, in its glorious prime, is a grand and towering object, forming the same feature in a Marquesan landscape that the patriarchal elm does in New England scenery.
The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations.
Accordingly, for the last three years-- ever since he had superintended the building of the new barn--Adam had always been made welcome at the Hall Farm, especially of a winter evening, when the whole family, in patriarchal fashion, master and mistress, children and servants, were assembled in that glorious kitchen, at well-graduated distances from the blazing fire.
The Israelites held them sacred in the old patriarchal times, and these other Arabs, their lineal descendants, do so likewise.
We said it would be so wild and free, so patriarchal like.
Levin, who had long been familiar with these patriarchal methods, exchanged glances with Sviazhsky and interrupted Mihail Petrovitch, turning again to the gentleman with the gray whiskers.