a form of social organization in which the father is the supreme authority in the family, clan, or tribe and descent is reckoned in the male line, with the children belonging to the father’s clan or tribe.
a society, community, or country based on this social organization.
a social system in which power is held by men, through cultural norms and customs that favor men and withhold opportunity from women:
The corporate glass ceiling is one consequence of patriarchy in education and business.
(often initial capital letter) the men in power in a society (usually preceded by the):
The Patriarchy is vested in maintenance of the status quo.
noun (pl) -chies
a form of social organization in which a male is the head of the family and descent, kinship, and title are traced through the male line
any society governed by such a system
1560s, in ecclesiastical sense, from Greek patriarkhia, from patriarkhes (see patriarch). Meaning “system of society or government by fathers or elder males of the community” first recorded 1630s.
A family or society in which authority is vested in males, through whom descent and inheritance are traced. (See also matriarchy and primogeniture.)
a peculiarity or idiosyncrasy of the Oriental peoples. the character or characteristics of the Oriental peoples. the knowledge and study of Oriental languages, literature, etc. noun knowledge of or devotion to the Orient an Oriental quality, style, or trait n. in reference to character, style, trait, or idiom felt to be from the Orient, 1769, […]
adjective denoting a material that does not form pills or that resists pilling
of or relating to elements or techniques used in a poem not conventionally thought to be suitable or traditional.
the science or art of government. the practice or profession of conducting affairs. affairs: The advocated reforms have become embroiled in politics. methods or maneuvers: We could not approve of his politics in winning passage of the bill. principles or opinions: We avoided discussion of religion and politics. His politics are his own affair. use […]