Patriarchy

 Patriarchy
pa·tri·ar·chy \,äē-kē\ noun, plural –chies (1632)
1 : social organization marked by the supremacy of the father in the clan or family, the legal dependence of wives and children, and the reckoning of descent and inheritance in the male line: broadly : control by men of a disproportionately large share of power
2 : a society or institution organized according to the principles or practices of patriarchy

Patriarchy – from Father to Son

Webster’s Universal Encyclopedic Dictionary,
New York, New York USA, Merriam-Webster, ISBN 0760729115.

From the venerable OED
definition of patriarchy from Oxford Dictionaries Online
Pronunciation:/ˈpātrēˌärkē, /
noun (plural -arch·ies)

  • a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line.
  • a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
  • a society or community organized on patriarchal lines.

noun (plural -arch·ies)

  • a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line.
  • a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
  • a society or community organized on patriarchal lines.
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