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1. Of or pertaining to a patriarch or to patriarchs; possessed by, or subject to, patriarchs; as, patriarchal authority or jurisdiction; a patriarchal see; a patriarchal church.

2. Characteristic of a patriarch; venerable. About whose patriarchal knee Late the little children clung. (Tennyson)

3. (Science: ethnology) Having an organization of society and government in which the head of the family exercises authority over all its generations. Patriarchal cross, a cross, the shaft of which is intersected by two transverse beams, the upper one being the smaller. Patriarchal dispensation, the divine dispensation under which the patriarchs lived before the law given by Moses.

Origin: Cf. F. Patriarcal.

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... to say there are a lot of other lurkers involved that we may go after later...it is a step step step, capiche....! Randy, I'm 1/8 Jew myself, my patriarchal grandmother was 1/2 Jew - I hear blacks calling each other n***gers and laughing....it's a figment of speech, dahlingk....has a little more ...

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by Maggie Mae
Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:37 pm
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humans as a monogamous species

... religious---all major world religious are monogamous---because modern society and civilization would be impossible otherwise. We adopted the patriarchal-monogamous system some 5,000 years ago and it was what made civilization possible. Whenever the system breaks down, as it is now, society ...

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by charles brough
Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:20 pm
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... that the apparent increase in homosexual activity is due to the breakdown of monogamy. For some 5,000 years civilizations has been based upon the patriarchal-monogamous system. The system encourages the vast number of bisexually inclined individuals in any population to adopt the man-wife marital ...

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by charles brough
Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:14 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: homosexuals
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