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The father of a family as seen in the context of a leader
“The series begins as the family's patriarch Rodrigo becomes Pope, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance.”
The male progenitor of a genetic or tribal line, or of a clan or extended family
“Patrick Joseph Kennedy (1858–1929) is credited as the family's first patriarch. He made his money in the alcohol industry before going on to serve as a Massachusetts state representative and senator.”
A male leader of a family, tribe or ethnic group
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“The elder, Gor Coron, was the tribe's patriarch before Darbus, Brother. He may be old, but if you do not treat him with respect, you will pay dearly for it.”
An elderly, and usually respected, member of a family, tribe or group
“When the old patriarch's spirits had returned to him, he felt that mysterious oneness of interest with his son.”
A person who establishes something
“The loss of Savimbi, the organization's patriarch and first and only leader, cast UNITA into disarray.”
Someone of advanced years
Head of household, typically the father, responsible for guiding and providing for the family
An ordained Christian minister
The father of one's father or mother
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