patriarchate

noun
pa·​tri·​arch·​ate | \ˈpā-trē-ˌär-kət, -ˌkāt\

Definition of patriarchate 

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

b : the residence or headquarters of a patriarch

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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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