Patriarchal
Patriarchal Pa`tri*ar"chal, a. [Cf. F. patriarcal.] 1. Of or pertaining to a patriarch or to patriarchs; possessed by, or subject to, patriarchs; as, patriarchal authority or jurisdiction; a patriarchal see; a patriarchal church. [1913 Webster]

2. Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable. [1913 Webster]

About whose patriarchal knee Late the little children clung. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. (Ethnol.) Having an organization of society and government in which the head of the family exercises authority over all its generations. [1913 Webster]

{Patriarchal cross} (Her.), a cross, the shaft of which is intersected by two transverse beams, the upper one being the smaller. See Illust. (2) of {Cross}.

{Patriarchal dispensation}, the divine dispensation under which the patriarchs lived before the law given by Moses. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • patriarchal — [pā΄trē är′kəl] adj. of or having to do with a patriarch or patriarchy: now often used with reference to a society, institution, etc. regarded as being under the repressive domination of men [patriarchal values of the Victorian family] * * *… …   Universalium

  • patriarchal — [pā΄trē är′kəl] adj. of or having to do with a patriarch or patriarchy: now often used with reference to a society, institution, etc. regarded as being under the repressive domination of men [patriarchal values of the Victorian family] …   English World dictionary

  • patriarchal — index consanguineous, paternal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • patriarchal — (adj.) 1560s, pertaining to a (Church) patriarch, from L.L. patriarchalis (c.500), from patriarcha (see PATRIARCH (Cf. patriarch)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • patriarchal — [[t]pe͟ɪtriɑ͟ː(r)kəl[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A patriarchal society, family, or system is one in which the men have all or most of the power and importance. To feminists she is a classic victim of the patriarchal society... I think marriage is… …   English dictionary

  • patriarchal — adjective 1 ruled or controlled only by men: a patriarchal system 2 connected with being a patriarch, or typical of a patriarch: patriarchal attitudes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • patriarchal — adj. Patriarchal is used with these nouns: ↑culture, ↑domination, ↑family, ↑society …   Collocations dictionary

  • patriarchal — pa|tri|arch|al [ˌpeıtriˈa:kəl US ˈa:r ] adj 1.) ruled or controlled only by men ▪ a patriarchal society 2.) relating to being a patriarch, or typical of a patriarch →↑matriarchal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • patriarchal — pa|tri|ar|chal [ ,peıtri arkl ] adjective 1. ) a patriarchal society, system, organization, etc. is one in which men have all or most of the power and influence 2. ) typical of a patriarch …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • patriarchal — UK [ˌpeɪtrɪˈɑː(r)k(ə)l] / US [ˌpeɪtrɪˈɑrk(ə)l] adjective 1) a patriarchal society, system, organization etc is one in which men have all or most of the power and influence 2) typical of a patriarch …   English dictionary

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