pa·​tri·​arch·​ate ˈpā-trē-ˌär-kət How to pronounce patriarchate (audio)
: the office, jurisdiction, or time in office of a patriarch
: the residence or headquarters of a patriarch

Examples of patriarchate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That encounter could enable Francis to once again offer greetings to the Moscow patriarchate, which has strongly supported the Kremlin's war in Ukraine. Nicole Winfield and Saruul Enkhbold,, 31 Aug. 2023 Its Orthodox cathedral belongs to Moscow’s patriarchate. Hanna Arhirova and Lori Hinnant, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2023 The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which remained loyal to the Moscow patriarch since the 17th century, declared independence from Moscow's patriarchate after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Arkansas Online, 7 Jan. 2023 Her home, like the Orthodox monastery, which is loyal to the Orthodox patriarchate in Moscow, sits on a high bank of the Donets River, which was in the line of Russian fire. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Jan. 2023 In 2015, the patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, in conjunction with an investigation committee set up by Putin, ordered the retesting of all the bones. Town & Country, 14 Nov. 2022 After 1991, the Moscow patriarchate retained access to the site, while the Ukrainian government formally owns it as a museum. New York Times, 14 July 2022 The ongoing invasion has spurred Orthodox bishops to separate from the patriarchate of Moscow and begin operating autocephalous episcopal sees. Fox News, 4 June 2022 One man who exemplifies this dilemma is the Rev. Petro Pavlenko, a gray-bearded Orthodox priest always loyal to the Moscow patriarchate, who has big hands and wears a large cross around his neck. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of patriarchate was in 1617

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“Patriarchate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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