Noun(1) title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem(2) the male head of family or tribe(3) any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race(4) a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
(1) As the patriarch , his family must look up to him, honor him.(2) On his deathbed, a family patriarch agonizes over being able to recognize his grandchildren.(3) These days he seems happiest playing the family patriarch .(4) They have been requesting the title of patriarch for the head of their church, and some church officials are already using this title internally.(5) In the seventh century matters were further complicated when the Maronites, found chiefly in Mount Lebanon, also broke away from the Orthodox church and appointed their own patriarch .(6) The family patriarch makes all decisions regarding living arrangements, children's marriages, and money.(7) Hence the Greek Orthodox patriarch sat at the top of the Orthodox community, possessing more power under the Ottomans than he had ever enjoyed under the Byzantine emperors.(8) The head of the house is the elderly father or the patriarch of the family, and the mother has authority over her daughter-in-law.(9) Islam is sometimes called the ‘third Abrahamic tradition’ for its reliance on the patriarchal figure of Abraham, the same patriarch revered in Judaism and Christianity.(10) The Sages tell us that the patriarch Jacob, after a 22-year separation from his son Joseph, finally went down to Egypt to see him.(11) The tsar was autocrat by divine right, sustained by the endorsement of the autonomous Orthodox church under its patriarch .(12) There are about a thousand Orthodox Christians in Cuba, and the patriarch was there to dedicate a new church in downtown Havana.(13) The biblical patriarch Jacob mourned over his son Joseph for 22 years, mistakenly believing that he had been killed by a wild animal.(14) While the Pope may speak unilaterally with an authority binding on his whole church, no single bishop or patriarch within Orthodoxy has such authority or such a voice.(15) In 1953 he was made a cardinal and appointed patriarch of Venice.(16) He had become the patriarch of the family, and of a traditional style of singing as well.
1. senior figure ::
2. father ::
3. paterfamilias ::
4. leader ::
5. elder ::
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