pa·​tri·​arch·​ate | \ ˈpā-trē-ˌär-kət How to pronounce patriarchate (audio) , -ˌkāt \

Definition of patriarchate

1a : the office, jurisdiction, or time in office of a patriarch
b : the residence or headquarters of a patriarch

Examples of patriarchate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Francis went ahead with his usual Ash Wednesday plans, the patriarchate of Venice canceled the Mass scheduled for St. Mark’s Basilica, after a handful of elderly people in the lagoon city tested positive for the virus. Nicole Winfield,, "Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus," 26 Feb. 2020 While Francis went ahead with his Ash Wednesday plans as usual, the patriarchate of Venice canceled the Mass scheduled for St. Mark’s Basilica, after a handful of elderly people in the lagoon city tested positive for the virus. Time, "Pope Francis Marks Ash Wednesday Mask-Free as Some Italian Towns Cancel Services Amid Coronavirus Outbreak," 26 Feb. 2020 This will not be the last skirmish between the patriarchates. The Economist, "Taking sides in the Orthodox Church’s battles over Russia and Ukraine," 9 Sep. 2019 Prophet Daniel Street downtown is considered one of the world’s oldest, and today runs past a mosque, a synagogue and St. Mark’s Church, the seat of the Coptic Christian patriarchate. Washington Post, "Rising seas threaten Egypt’s fabled port city of Alexandria," 30 Aug. 2019 The Moscow patriarchate of the Orthodox Church, deeply rooted in an establishment model of church–state relations, has expressed approval of the decision. L. Martin Nussbaum, National Review, "‘Error Has No Rights’: Religious Coercion Persists, from Russia to America," 18 Sep. 2017 Rivalries between church patriarchates have sometimes degenerated into brawls. Nasser Nasser, National Geographic, "In Bethlehem's Ancient Church, a Long Unseen Presence Appears," 27 May 2016

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First Known Use of patriarchate

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Patriarchate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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