1. patriarchy

noun. ['ˈpeɪtriːˌɑːrki'] a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line.


  • patriarchate
  • structure
  • social system
  • social organisation
  • social structure


  • patriarchia (Latin)

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Rhymes with Patriarchy

  • matriarchy

How do you pronounce patriarchy?

Pronounce patriarchy as ˈpeɪtriˌɑrki.

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Sentences with patriarchy

1. Noun, singular or mass
But gradually, western patriarchy began to reassert itself.

Quotes about patriarchy

1. The word ‘sin’ is derived from the Indo-European root ‘es-,’ meaning ‘to be.’ When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a [person] trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, ‘to be’ in the fullest sense is ‘to sin'.
- Mary Daly

2. No wonder male religious leaders so often say that humans were born in sin—because we were born to female creatures. Only by obeying the rules of the patriarchy can we be reborn through men. No wonder priests and ministers in skirts sprinkle imitation birth fluid over our heads, give us new names, and promise rebirth into everlasting life.
- Gloria Steinem, The Vagina Monologues