Definition of patriarchal in English:

patriarchal

adjective

  • 1Relating to or characteristic of a patriarch.

    • ‘Funny, I think, how all this is going down without any kind of patriarchal supervision.’
    • ‘Parents enjoy a patriarchal status and the father claims the best chair near the fire.’
    • ‘She then received patriarchal permission to pursue kinship with offspring of creditable lineage!’
    • ‘His role has been more patriarchal, in the family context.’
    • ‘Her mother wants to be sympathetic, yet as a representative of her father's patriarchal power, she can only follow the script laid out for her.’
    • ‘Not to mention any number of grouchy patriarchal husbands and avid sugar daddies.’
    • ‘When they become guerrillas the women set themselves free from patriarchal bonds.’
    • ‘Our family was a traditional patriarchal family, with my Dad at the helm.’
    paternal, fatherlike, avuncular
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  • 2Relating to or characteristic of a system of society or government controlled by men.

    ‘a patriarchal society’
    ‘patriarchal values’
    • ‘As such, it allows for changing and evolving structures that exist outside of the patriarchal power system.’
    • ‘Like so many other women caught in war zones, these women are victims of a violently eroding patriarchal system.’
    • ‘Previously, all western religions, even the masons, had been rigidly patriarchal.’
    • ‘Despite his living in a rigidly patriarchal society his strongest and most memorable characters are all female.’
    • ‘Coming from a patriarchal society, the responses to such questionnaires are interesting, if not very surprising.’
    • ‘For decades, international development agencies skirted gender issues in highly patriarchal societies.’
    • ‘She has rejected the patriarchal society and a traditional marriage.’
    • ‘I am also conscious of my identity as a writer within a patriarchal culture.’
    • ‘All the sampled groups clearly exhibit patriarchal structures, including those relevant to marriage.’
    • ‘Patriarchal social structure, along with its other harms, fuels population increases.’
    • ‘Rules such as these may be acquired during childhood and may reflect the patriarchal values of society.’
    • ‘In short, patriarchal society values masculine gender roles only when they are performed by males.’
    • ‘A feminist might see it as an instrument of patriarchal oppression.’
    • ‘She has totally internalised patriarchal values that are common to our society.’
    • ‘They were written in a highly patriarchal society where masculine domination was the norm.’
    • ‘Big farmers in the area come from a strongly patriarchal and feudal background.’
    • ‘In a patriarchal society men fear independent autonomous women.’
    • ‘In this sense the representations of motherhood potentially extend far beyond patriarchal ideology.’
    • ‘Recognition that the power structure is also patriarchal helps to explain much of the resistance.’
    • ‘I believe that a rigidly Patriarchal culture cannot tolerate the empowered creative voice of Women.’

Pronunciation:

patriarchal

/ˌpātrēˈärk(ə)l/