What does the word patriarchal mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Patriarchic.

Usage examples for patriarchal

  1. We have long since forgotten that once it was patriarchal. – The Holy Earth by L. H. Bailey
  2. This passage answers, theologically, a purpose similar to that of the allegory of Hagar and Sarah in the epistle to the Galatians: it lights up for the imagination the teaching and argument of the former part of the epistle; it shows how the doctrine of Christ and the Church has its counterpart in nature, as the struggle between the legal and evangelical spirit had its counterpart in the patriarchal history. – The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians by G. G. Findlay
  3. Such patriarchal simplicity, as every one remarked. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins