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The people of that island have a matriarchy.
  a form of social organization in which the female is the family head and title is traced through the female line
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matriarchal matriarchy matriarchies
Strongly Associated with:   matriarch, patriarch, patriarchy
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  • The people of that island have a matriarchy.
  • It had a matriarchal twang.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • China’s was hopelessly insecure by comparison; even the primitive matriarchies weren’t steadier than we are.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • What we know is that just because a society is matriarchal, as ours is, it does not automatically mean that it is anti-male.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked

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  • He guessed that, like certain monkey troops, the raptors were organized around a matriarchal pecking order, and that this striped animal was the alpha female of the colony.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • We are victims of a matriarchy here, my friend, and the doctor is just as helpless against it as we are.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Priory believes that Constantine and his male successors successfully converted the world from matriarchal paganism to patriarchal Christianity by waging a campaign of propaganda that demonized the sacred feminine, obliterating the goddess from modern religion forever.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • My childhood was spent in the Pueblo matriarchy, where women owned property, and children belonged to the mother’s clan.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • There were plenty of women around-between Barbara’s sisters and Scripture’s missionary ladies-and young Lavar was the pride of a matriarchy.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Phineas stopped talking for once, so that now I could hear cricket noises and bird cries of dusk, a gymnasium truck gunning along an empty athletic road a quarter of a mile away, a burst of faint, isolated laughter carried to us from the back door of the gym, and then over all, cool and matriarchal, the six o’clock bell from the Academy Building cupola, the calmest, most carrying bell toll in the world, civilized, calm, invincible, and final.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • His maternal ancestors crowded into his face when he was spurning at Arthur—ancestors whose civilization, like Mordred’s, had been matriarchal: who had ridden bare-back, charged in chariots, fought by stratagem, and ornamented their grisly strongholds with the heads of enemies.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the German spirit the matriarchal link with nature rules in the form of the hegemony of music to an extent unknown in any other people.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • That they travel in matriarchal packs, and gestatefor 22 months?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Thus to the young Sappho spake the melon-venders; thus the captains to Zenobia; and in the damp cave over gnawed bones the hairy suitor thus protested to the woman advocate of matriarchy.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Matriarchy!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • So you see, my friend, it is somewhat as you stated: man has but one truly effective weapon against the juggernaut of modern matriarchy, but it certainly is not laughter.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • As most of you already know, our society today is still matriarchal, but we respect and appreciate the Sons of Night, and consider them our protectors and consorts.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • A blonde who sat on the other side of the room said, "The Amazons were heavily matriarchal, as are all vampyre societies?
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
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Associated words [difficulty]:   matriarchy [7] , matriarch [5] , patriarch [3] , patriarchy [5]
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