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patriarchal

[ pey-tree-ahr-kuh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF patriarchal
  • as inparental
  • as invenerable
  • as infatherlike
  • as infatherly

Synonyms for patriarchal

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

She, too, seems determined to make me the patriarchal leader of a band.

Existing marriage is a pernicious survival of the patriarchal age.

It is a part of the patriarchal custom which regards women as property.

It was the portrait of an old man with a beautiful forehead and a patriarchal face.

I had never before and have never since seen such a patriarchal figure.

He gave us our patriarchal Constitution, and it is a fine thing.

Their priesthood—if it can be called a priesthood—is patriarchal.

He was a heavy man with a patriarchal white beard, and of imposing stature.

But that patriarchal old tub, like some saintly retreat, echoed nothing of it.

He has a long white beard of the kind described as patriarchal.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "pertaining to a (Church) patriarch," from patriarch + -al, or else from Late Latin patriarchalis, from patriarcha.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PATRIARCHAL

fatherlike

adjectivefatherly
  • affectionate
  • benevolent
  • benign
  • forbearing
  • indulgent
  • kind
  • kindly
  • parental
  • paternal
  • patriarchal
  • protective
  • supportive
  • tender

parental

adjectivehaving the quality or nature of a parent
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