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1. The territory, rule, or rank of a patriarch.
2. See patriarchy.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the office, jurisdiction, province, or residence of a patriarch
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a family or people under male domination or government
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pa•tri•arch•ate(ˈpeɪ triˌɑr kɪt, -keɪt)
1. the office, jurisdiction, or residence of an ecclesiastical patriarch.
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|Noun||1.||patriarchate - the jurisdiction of a patriarch|
jurisdiction - in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
|2.||patriarchate - a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line|
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
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