What is another word for matriarchy?

Pronunciation: [mˈatɹɪˌɑːki] (IPA)

Matriarchy, also known as a matrifocal society, refers to a state where women hold power over men in a family, social, or political setting. There are several synonyms for the word "matriarchy" that can be used to describe the same phenomenon. Some common examples include gynarchy, matricentric, matrilineal, and matrilocal. Gynarchy and matricentric both refer to a society dominated by women, while matrilineal societies are those where lineage is traced through the female line. Matrilocal societies are those where women hold greater power over men in the family setting, often as a result of inheriting property or having greater economic independence. Regardless of the term used, these societies challenge traditional patriarchal assumptions about gender roles and hierarchy.

What are the hypernyms for Matriarchy?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Matriarchy

I fail to find a trace of matriarchy or patriarchy, or any mark of a kinship group which traces relationship farther than first cousins.
"The Bontoc Igorot"
Albert Ernest Jenks
"Another popular idea was based on the notion of an expanding matriarchy-a gerontomatriarchy, rather, in which older women would take control.
"This Crowded Earth"
Robert Bloch
A matriarchy loses its meaning when the individual family unit changes character, under the stress of an increasing population-pressure which eliminates the old-fashioned home, family circle, and social pattern.
"This Crowded Earth"
Robert Bloch

Famous quotes with Matriarchy

  • Even nowadays an archaic sense of love-innocence recurs, however briefly, among most young men and women. Some few of these, who become poets, remain in love for the rest of their lives, watching the world with a detachment unknown to lawyers, politicians, financiers, and all other ministers of that blind and irresponsible successor to matriarchy and patriarchy — the mechanarchy.
    Robert Graves

Related words: matriarchal, matriarch, matrilineal, matrilocal, matrilineal kinship, matrilineal descent, matrilocal residence, matrilocality

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