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Definitiona form of social organization in which the male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
- I used to watch and study this patriarchal personage with, I think, livelier curiosity than any other form of humanity there presented to my notice.Introductory (35% in)
- I doubt greatly—or, rather, I do not doubt at all—whether any public functionary of the United States, either in the civil or military line, has ever had such a patriarchal body of veterans under his orders as myself.Introductory (22% in)
- The good old man addressed him with the paternal affection and patriarchal privilege which his venerable age, his upright and holy character, and his station in the church, entitled him to use and, conjoined with this, the deep, almost worshipping respect, which the minister's professional and private claims alike demanded.Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (33% in)
- And, even with this terror in his heart, he could hardly avoid laughing, to imagine how the sanctified old patriarchal deacon would have been petrified by his minister's impiety.Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (38% in)
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