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patriarchy

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈpeɪ.tri.ɑː.ki/ us    /-ɑːr-/
a society in which the oldest male is the leader of the family, or a society controlled by men in which they use their power to their own advantage: Patriarchy has not disappeared - it has merely changed form. She rails against patriarchy and hierarchy.
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in Chinese (Traditional) 父權社會, 男權社會…
in Chinese (Simplified) 父权制社会, 男权社会…
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