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patriarch
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition a usually elderly man who is the leader of a group such as a family or tribe
  • The father of the Custom-House—the patriarch, not only of this little squad of officials, but, I am bold to say, of the respectable body of tide-waiters all over the United States—was a certain permanent Inspector.
    Introductory (32% in)
  • Then—the morning light still waxing stronger—old patriarchs would rise up in great haste, each in his flannel gown, and matronly dames, without pausing to put off their night-gear.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (39% in)

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