patriarchal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj patriarchal characteristic of a form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
    • adj patriarchal relating to or characteristic of a man who is older or higher in rank
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Patriarchal Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable. "About whose patriarchal knee
      Late the little children clung."
    • Patriarchal (Ethnol) Having an organization of society and government in which the head of the family exercises authority over all its generations.
    • Patriarchal 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • patriarchal Of or pertaining to a patriarch: as, patriarchal power or jurisdiction.
    • patriarchal Subject to a patriarch: as, a patriarchal church.
    • patriarchal Pertaining to or of the nature of a patriarchy.
    • patriarchal Resembling or characteristic of a patriarch; venerable.
    • patriarchal Also patriarchic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Patriarchal belonging or subject to a patriarch: like a patriarch: of the nature of a patriarch
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Quotations

  • Mary Daly
    Mary Daly
    “If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. patriarcal,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L.,—Gr. patriarchēspatēr, father, archē, beginning.

Usage

In literature:

God, in olden times, made promises to Abraham, the patriarchs, and their seed.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
On the other hand, the Greek prelates in Bulgaria are subject to the patriarch.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
He was banished and forced to resign the patriarchate, under the threat of being punished vicariously by the confiscation of his father's property.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Such was the lot also of Christ, the apostles, the prophets, and the patriarchs.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The sanction of the Almighty in the Patriarchal age.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
He was conducted to the lodge of the chief, who received him in a truly patriarchal style.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
St. Ignatius, patriarch of Constantinople, was deposed and Photius elected.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 12, December, 1880" by Various
But he replied blandly: 'Our patriarchs were polygamists.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
But the patriarch was not so fickle or pliant.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
They had also a great liking for the patriarchs, especially Noah.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
On this condition he was crowned: but emperor and patriarch continued at variance.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
Browne (T. R.) on the patriarch Job, 26.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Patriarchal families where the father is the undisputed head are encountered among some peasants.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The first effect of the established supremacy of men became now visible in the reappearance of the intermediate form of the patriarchal family.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
The Carib government was patriarchal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The Patriarch now knows what he requires, And more than he requires.
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Today the one-armed Hui-k'o is remembered as the Second Patriarch of Ch'an.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
The later masters needed a lineage, and he was tapped for the role of First Patriarch.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
As I take my rest there, the idea of the old patriarchal life is awakened around me.
"The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German" by J. W. von Goethe
He turned to find the watery blue eyes of the patriarch fixed on him intently.
"The Heritage of the Hills" by Arthur P. Hankins
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In poetry:

O how the father's feelings melt!
How faint, and how revive!
Just so the Hebrew Patriarch felt,
To find his son alive.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
A patriarch in the vale of peace,
To all he gave the law;
The good he guarded in their rights
And kept the bad in awe.
"A Tale" by John Logan
From Alton Bay to Sandwich Dome,
From Mad to Saco river,
For patriarchs of the primal wood
We sought with vain endeavor.
"The Wood Giant" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Our days, alas! our mortal days
Are short and wretched too;
"Evil and few," the patriarch says,
And well the patriarch knew.
"Hymn 39" by Isaac Watts
That--fie! But Saladin,
The patriarch thinks, is yet the common foe
Of Christendom, and cannot earn a right
To be your friend.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Hard by, within a southern clime,
There liv'd a patriarch sublime,
With slaves to tremble at his nod,
As heathens to a wooden god.
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

The Patriarch,' a Joseph P Kennedy Biography , by David Nasaw.
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria .
An orhodox priest kisses the late Patriarch Maxim of.
The patriarch died of heart failure early Tuesday at a Sofia hospital where he had.
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria dies at age 98.
"You are paid to squeeze, and you must squeeze to pay," the Patriarch tells Pancks the rent collector in Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit.
(AP) A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson 's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
LAS VEGAS — A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson 's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
LAS VEGAS—A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson 's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
Las Vegas — A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson 's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
LAS VEGAS — A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson's father said the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
LAS VEGAS — A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria dies at age 98.
Patriarch of 'Roots' Family Speaks In Metro Detroit.
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria.
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