pa·​tri·​ar·​chal ˌpā-trē-ˈär-kəl How to pronounce patriarchal (audio)
: 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 And secondly, and more seriously, enjoy it as a critical overview of how the patriarchal culture of that time put a stranglehold on both women and gay men. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Such is the misogynist gender dynamic that operates in a deeply patriarchal society. Christopher Knight, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 Larson plays Elizabeth Zott, a cook, mother and accomplished chemist whose goal of being respected in the scientific community is thwarted at every turn in 1950s patriarchal society. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 Predating #MeToo, the novel directly addresses a generational shift away from patriarchal resignation. Lauren Leblanc, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 But no factor plays a bigger role in the Deep South than its entrenched patriarchal culture and gender norms, female legislators and experts say. Jennifer Berry Hawes, ProPublica, 11 Jan. 2024 Thrown out of her home and off her land by her in-laws, a Kenyan widow becomes a fighter for women’s land rights in a deeply patriarchal community. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Jan. 2024 The feud sheds light on South Korea's patriarchal values that often prioritize male heirs over women. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023 What changed was ultimately a collective desire to move into, and be embraced by, the white mainstream, which comes with accepting white patriarchal norms. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patriarchal was in the 15th century

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“Patriarchal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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