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Definitions of patriarch

  1. the head of family or tribe Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. any of the early Biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the male head of family or tribe Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. A dignitary superior to the order of archbishops; as, the patriarch of Constantinople, of Alexandria, or of Antioch. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A venerable old man; an elder. Also used figuratively. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Patriarchal. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; - usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The founder or head of a family or tribe; an aged, venerable man. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. One who governs his family by paternal right: (B.) one of the early heads of families from Abraham to Jacob and his sons: in Eastern churches, a dignitary superior to an archbishop. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Head of a family; dignitary in the Greek Church; man of venerable age. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The head of a family or of a tribe; venerable man. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The head of a family; a metropolitan dignitary in the Eastern church; a venerable chief or old man. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. An epithet applied to an aged man; the head of a family in anc. times; an ecclesiastical dignitary superior to an archbishop; the patriarchs, a term applied to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and his twelve sons. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. The chief bishop over several countries or provinces, as an archbishop is of several dioceses. Godb. 20. thelawdictionary.org
  17. The father and ruler of a family; one who governs his family or descendants by paternal right; -- usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical and Jewish history to those who lived before the time of Moses. mso.anu.edu.au
  18. (father of a tribe ), the name given to the head of a family or tribe in Old Testament times. In common usage the title of patriarch is assigned especially to those whose lives are recorded in Scripture previous to the time of Moses, as Adam, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. ("In the early history of the Hebrews we find the ancestor or father of a family retaining authority over his children and his childrens children so long as he lived, whatever new connections they might form when the father died the branch families did not break off and form new communities, but usually united under another common head. The eldest son was generally invested with this dignity. His authority was paternal. He was honored as central point of connection and as the representative of the whole kindred. Thus each great family had its patriarch or head, and each tribe its prince, selected from the several heads of the families which it embraced." --McClintock and Strong. ) ("After the destruction of Jerusalem, patriarch was the title of the chief religious rulers of the Jews in Asia and in early Christian times it became the designation of the bishops of Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem." --American Cyclopedia .) biblestudytools.com
  19. a name employed in the New Testament with reference to Abraham ( Hebrews 7:4 ), the sons of Jacob ( Acts 7:8 Acts 7:9 ), and to David ( 2:29 ). This name is generally applied to the progenitors of families or "heads of the fathers" ( Joshua 14:1 ) mentioned in Scripture, and they are spoken of as antediluvian (from Adam to Noah) and post-diluvian (from Noah to Jacob) patriachs. But the expression "the patriarch," by way of eminence, is applied to the twelve sons of Jacob, or to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. "Patriachal longevity presents itself as one of the most striking of the facts concerning mankind which the early history of the Book of Genesis places before us...There is a large amount of consentient tradition to the effect that the life of man was originally far more prolonged than it is at present, extending to at least several hundred years. The Babylonians, Egyptians, and Chinese exaggerated these hundreds into thousands. The Greeks and Romans, with more moderation, limited human life within a thousand or eight hundred years. The Hindus still farther shortened the term. Their books taught that in the first age of the world man was free from diseases, and lived ordinarily four hundred years; in the second age the term of life was reduced from four hundred to three hundred; in the third it became two hundred; in the fourth and last it was brought down to one hundred" (Rawlinson's Historical Illustrations). biblestudytools.com
  20. p[=a]'tri-ärk, n. one who governs his family by paternal right: (B.) one of the early heads of families from Adam downwards to Abraham, Jacob, and his sons: in Eastern churches, a dignitary superior to an archbishop.--adjs. PATRIARCH'AL, PATRIARCH'IC, belonging or subject to a patriarch: like a patriarch: of the nature of a patriarch.--ns. P[=A]'TRIARCHALISM, the condition of tribal government by a patriarch; P[=A]'TRIARCHATE, the office or jurisdiction of a patriarch or church dignitary: the residence of a patriarch; P[=A]'TRIARCHISM, government by a patriarch; P[=A]'TRIARCHY, a community of related families under the authority of a patriarch. [O. Fr.,--L.,--Gr. patriarch[=e]s--pat[=e]r, father, arch[=e], beginning.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. Father& ruler of family or tribe; (pl.) sons of Jacob, (also) Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, & their forefathers; (in early& Eastern Churches) bishop, esp. of Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, Jerusalem, or Rome; (in R. C. Church) bishop ranking next above primates& metropolitans; founder of an order, science, &c.; venerable old man; the oldest living representative (of a class &c.). Hence patriarchal a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. [Gr.] A name given, in Acts vii. 8, to the sons of Jacob ; but more especially applied to the bishops of the most important cities of the Roman empire, as Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  23. n. [Latin, Greek] The father and ruler of a family—usually applied to heads of families in ancient history, especially in Biblical history;—a dignitary superior to the order of archbishops in the Greek or Eastern church. Cabinet Dictionary
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