Simple Definition of patriarchy
: a family, group, or government controlled by a man or a group of men
: a social system in which family members are related to each other through their fathers
Full Definition of patriarchy
1 : social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line; broadly : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power
2 : a society or institution organized according to the principles or practices of patriarchy
Examples of patriarchy
For 20 years, the country was ruled as a patriarchy.
a region in which patriarchy is practiced
First Known Use of patriarchy
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