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patriarchy

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Definition a form of social organization in which men are given more power than women

More rarely, patriarchy can refer specifically to a form of social organization in which men head families and title is traced through the male line.
  • We are working to displace the patriarchy in our society.
  • The patriarchal society of the Victorian age was in full swing in our drawing room.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Only now he disguised it in the patriarchal style of an old man's memories so that it would not be too obvious that it was really a document of love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I'm not going to get sucked into that patriarchal institutional oppression again.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • That may be because an authoritarian and patriarchal home environment is mirrored in an authoritarian and patriarchal political system.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Next to the house there was a patriarchal elm tree, against the trunk of which Finny leaned and shouted at me as I ran a large circle around him.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He was a heavy man with a patriarchal white beard, and of imposing stature.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • This lonely, unconsenting rebel battled against the patriarchal influences that had shaped my childhood: the American South and the Catholic Church.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Tradition it holds sacred; it is a patriarchal people; it cannot live without faith ....'
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • What if it lured him away from the patriarchal faith?
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The Patriarchs were not dressed in bottle-green broadcloth, and yet his clothes looked patriarchal.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He made remarks that were not witty, whilst his chief launched forth patriarchal admonitions against the colliers.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The simple, chilling fact was that Mahtob and I were totally subject to the laws of this fanatical patriarchy.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • And when I asked Alaska, she started yelling, 'You're not going to impose the patriarchal paradigm on me.'
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • It's a very patriarchal society, and as modern as it is, women are still second-class citizens.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • They have, in the country of Pontarlier, whither you are going, Monsieur Valjean, a truly patriarchal and truly charming industry, my sister.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As a person of color, you shouldn't have to fit into any white, patriarchal system.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • He was a stocky fleshy man in the middle fifties, with a ruddy face, a patriarchal beard, and the thick complacent features of his tribe.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Very green and neat and precise was that yard, set about on one side with great patriarchal willows and the other with prim Lombardies.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables

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