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adjective as in one-sided

adjective as in paternalistic


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Instead, we can take inspiration from women like Elizabeth, a woman who—like so many others before her and long since—was declared insane by a patriarchal society simply for speaking her mind.

From Time

Sure, the Heidi Klums and Alessandra Ambrosios all walked with figures that represented a type of patriarchal oppression, but that was hardly their fault.

You come face to face with the machinery of patriarchal justice, because your word, as a female victim, is doubted at every turn.

From Time

As princesses, they typically have to learn to assert their agency within a restrictive, patriarchal society.

From Vox

In the gross-out gags of Bridesmaids and Broad City as well as the strip-club revisionism of Hustlers and P-Valley, female creators have challenged the idea that raunchy humor and sexually explicit content must cater to patriarchal tastes.

From Time

And yes, that authoritarian, patriarchal guru-power structure, invariably, always leads to abuses.

In a patriarchal society—our society—a naked woman is a dangerous thing.

It seems that, in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grown-ups.

Never mind that the patriarchal belief system woven throughout the cartoon content is itself shockingly outdated.

Because marriage is a patriarchal, sexist institution that should be discarded rather than reformed.

The patriarchal decree of the government was a good deal of a joke on the plains, anyway—except when you were caught defying it!

It is true that by patriarchal customs and laws Isaac belonged to Abraham as much as if he were a slave or an animal.

Men in patriarchal times may have committed what we regard as crimes, while their ordinary lives were more virtuous than ours.

During the patriarchal age the father of the family was priest.

Indeed, the patriarchal and Jewish religions were mainly typical.

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On this page you'll find 81 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to patriarchal, such as: autocratic, dictatorial, imperious, rigid, strict, and totalitarian.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.