patriarchy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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patriarchynoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.tri.ɑː.ki/  us   /-ɑːr-/
a ​society in which the ​oldestmale is the ​leader of the ​family, or a ​societycontrolled by men in which they use ​theirpower to ​their own ​advantage: Patriarchy has not ​disappeared - it has ​merelychangedform. She ​rails against patriarchy and ​hierarchy.
(Definition of patriarchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patriarchynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpeɪ·triˌɑr·ki/
social studies a ​form of ​socialorganization in which ​fathers or other males ​control the ​family, ​clan, ​tribe, or ​largersocialunit, or a ​societyorganized in this way social studies Patriarchy is also the ​control by men, ​rather than women or both men and women, of most of the ​power and ​authority in a ​society.
(Definition of patriarchy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “patriarchy”
in Chinese (Simplified) 父权制社会, 男权社会…
in Chinese (Traditional) 父權社會, 男權社會…
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