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

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Recent Examples on the Web Employed by the Liu crime family in Ciudad del Este, Chris falls for the brilliant Ana Liu — whose tactical genius and intuitive understanding of the new economy are overlooked by her patriarchal father in favor of her party boy brother. Christian Holub,, 10 Aug. 2022 But domesticity on patriarchal terms didn’t suit her. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 Really, the movement has transformed into a safe space for women to redefine and reclaim beauty, style, and joy on their own terms, sans the patriarchal male gaze. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 3 Aug. 2022 Switzerland is a country which has always had strong patriarchal roots, but life for women is finally changing for the better. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Brought up in a patriarchal society, Srebrenica women were expected to suffer in silence and not confront Serb leaders, who continue to downplay or even deny the 1995 massacre. Sabina Niksic, ajc, 9 July 2022 At its core, The Princess is an underdog story, set in a patriarchal society. Alamin Yohannes,, 30 June 2022 Austen’s heroines, too, are often in and of themselves ahead of their own patriarchal times, nurturing a kind of proto-feminist viewpoint and conducting themselves in accordance with it. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 15 July 2022 Respectability politics has no place in this show because to me that’s centering white patriarchal standards. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of patriarchal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Patriarchal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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