pa·​tri·​ar·​chal | \ ˌpā-trē-ˈär-kəl How to pronounce patriarchal (audio) \

Definition of patriarchal

: of, relating to, or being a patriarch or patriarchy a patriarchal culture a patriarchal religion

Examples of patriarchal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The intensely patriarchal and casteist traditional village councils in many parts of India and the xenophobic antirefugee approaches of the right wing in Europe illustrate this drawback. Ashish Kothari, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 In the book, as with Harrison’s previous four installments, Linda chafes against the patriarchal limitations of the church, and of being the wife of a bishop. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2021 Lawyer Shreya Rastogi says her client, who has never admitted to the crime, is a casualty of a patriarchal society that puts caste above all else. Esha Mitra, CNN, 24 Apr. 2021 Set against the backdrop of protests for independence from British colonial rule, Mistry takes on India’s patriarchal beliefs and more on behalf of the young co-ed. Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2021 The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s beloved speculative novel, has kept its hero, June, stuck in the hellish patriarchal theocracy of Gilead for three seasons now, her attempts at escape repeatedly thwarted with diminishing returns. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 May 2021 The Hulu show notably became the first streaming drama to win the Emmy in its category way back in 2017, when novelist Margaret Atwood's warnings of a brutal patriarchal totalitarian state felt searingly of the moment. Brian Lowry, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 The Handmaid’s Tale follows June (known throughout seasons one and two as Offred, and played by Elisabeth Moss), a Handmaid in the near-future dystopian Gilead — a totalitarian and patriarchal state that’s overthrown the United States government. Katherine Singh,, 23 Apr. 2021 In a curious way, Frankenthaler’s revenge on Newman has been achieved, almost accidentally, in the past decades, with Newman’s pictures inspected for signs of patriarchal phallocentrism. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Patriarchal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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