Definition of Paterfamilias

1. Noun. The male head of family or tribe.

Exact synonyms: Patriarch
Generic synonyms: Head Of Household, Adult Male, Man
Derivative terms: Patriarchal



Definition of Paterfamilias

1. n. The head of a family; in a large sense, the proprietor of an estate; one who is his own master.

Definition of Paterfamilias

1. Noun. A man who is the head of a household, family or tribe. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paterfamilias

1. [n PATRESFAMILIAS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paterfamilias

patentholders
patenting
patentless
patentlike
patently
patentor
patentors
patents
pater
pater familias
patera
paterae
paterero
patereroes
patereros
paterfamilias (current term)
paterfamiliases
paternal
paternal age
paternal aunt
paternal aunts
paternal behaviour
paternal cousin
paternal cousins
paternal custody
paternal deprivation
paternal exposure
paternal filicide
paternal grandchild
paternal grandfather

Literary usage of Paterfamilias

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1. The Institutes: A Textbook of the History and System of Roman Private Law by Rudolf Sohm, Bernhard Erwin GrĂ¼ber (1907)
"paterfamilias is the generic name for a homo sui juris, whether child or adult, ... As regards public law the distinction between paterfamilias and ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1891)
"Higgins's letters to the ' Times,' under various signatures, such as 'Civilian,' ' paterfamilias,' ' Mother of Six,' ' A Thirsty Soul,' &c., ..."

3. Historical Introduction to the Private Law of Rome by James Muirhead, Henry Goudy (1899)
"2 Familia and "family" are used in this section solely to designate the group of persons subject to the same paterfamilias [familia proprio jure]. ..."

4. The World's Legal Philosophies by Fritz Berolzheimer (1912)
"2: THE "paterfamilias" AS THE CENTER OF ROMAN LAW. To speak of early Roman law as non-ethical describes it negatively, as unaffected by ethical ..."

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