A patriarchy is a social system or organization run by men. If Dad always gets the last word in your house, then you're living under a patriarchy!

A patriarchy is a social or political system with one or several men in charge. It may refer to society at large or to one segment, such as the Catholic Church, with the Archbishop and Pope in positions of power. The word can also describe family systems, especially when relationships and property are determined by males. In modern times patriarchy is often considered to be oppressive to women; if you’re a feminist, then you’re definitely not a fan of patriarchy.

Definitions of patriarchy
  1. noun
    a form of social organization in which a male is the family head and title is traced through the male line
    synonyms: patriarchate
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    social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure
    the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships
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