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matriarchy

Line breaks: ma¦tri|archy
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪtrɪɑːki
 
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Definition of matriarchy in English:

noun (plural matriarchies)

1A system of society or government ruled by a woman or women: a matriarchy run by morally superior women [mass noun]: feminism has revived an interest in matriarchy
More example sentences
  • A famous woman ruled during the period of the matriarchy (when women held the majority of power).
  • Women, except for the rare instances of societal matriarchies, have been perceived as inferior in intelligence, inadequate in controlling their body fluids, and predominantly sexually moronic.
  • Chamorro culture is a matriarchy, meaning that the women are central to the culture's survival.
1.1A form of social organization in which descent and relationship are reckoned through the female line.
Example sentences
  • The activists sided with his mother-in-law, thus appearing to support matriarchy over patriarchy.
  • Part of their theorizing around matriarchy comes from their mother, who insisted that despite their different fathers the fact that they all came out of her meant that they were sisters - nothing more, nothing less.

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