Example sentences for: patriarch

How can you use “patriarch” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Sam Bronfman, the family patriarch and Edgar Sr.'s father, was an utterly implacable businessman, the Atilla of liquor.

  • Many pundits--Al Hunt (CNN's Capitol Gang ), Steve Roberts and Susan Page (CNN's Late Edition ), and Juan Williams ( Fox News Sunday )--praise Senator Kennedy's eulogy for his nephew and remark that Uncle Ted has finally emerged as a worthy family patriarch.

  • "Nelson," said the patriarch, "whom are we trying to impress?"

  • The hairpin turns from farce to melodrama, from satire to bathos, are fresh and deftly navigated, but almost every one of the underlying attitudes is smug and easy: from the corporate flunky named "Brad" to the interchangeable gay neighbors (they're both called "Jim") to the brutally homophobic patriarch next door, an ex-Marine colonel (Chris Cooper) who has reduced his wife (the normally exuberant Allison Janney) to a catatonic mummy and his son, Ricky (Bentley), to a life of subterranean deception.

  • Children, siblings, nieces, and nephews all gather at a prosperous estate to celebrate the 60 th birthday of its formidable patriarch (Henning Moritzen), who turns out to have had monstrous designs on two of his own children.


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