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matriarchal

[ mey-tree-ahrk ]SEE DEFINITION OF matriarchal
  • as inparental
  • as invenerable

Synonyms for matriarchal

  • fatherly
  • maternal
  • paternal
  • affectionate
  • benevolent
  • benign
  • caring
  • comforting
  • devoted
  • fond
  • forbearing
  • gentle
  • indulgent
  • kind
  • loving
  • motherly
  • patriarchal
  • protective
  • sheltering
  • supportive
  • tender
  • warm
  • watchful
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MATRIARCHAL

The first has the matriarchal while the second has the patriarchal system.

We have seen this from our exposition of the matriarchal period.

The Jewish home blended two ideals, patriarchal and matriarchal.

Still the old awe of the Word of the matriarchal, matrilineal church.

The Yaos of Africa have what may be regarded as a matriarchal organisation.

But it does not follow that polyandry and a matriarchal state always and necessarily preceded polygyny and a patriarchal state.

But really pristine man and woman can have had no houses, no matriarchal rule of women.

The first was matriarchal, inheritance being reckoned through the mother.

The Social or matriarchal took precedence of the Local or patriarchal organization.

The Matriarchal family was now fully established, descent still running in the female line.

WORD ORIGIN

1780 (in reference to bee colonies); see matriarch + -al (1); "patterned after patriarchy" [Barnhart]. Related: Matriarchally.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MATRIARCHAL

parental

adjectivehaving the quality or nature of a parent
  • affectionate
  • benevolent
  • benign
  • caring
  • comforting
  • devoted
  • fatherly
  • fond
  • forbearing
  • gentle
  • indulgent
  • kind
  • loving
  • maternal
  • matriarchal
  • motherly
  • paternal
  • patriarchal
  • protective
  • sheltering
  • supportive
  • tender
  • warm
  • watchful
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