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nounplural noun patrimonies

  • 1Property inherited from one's father or male ancestor.

    ‘owners refuse to part with their patrimony in the interests of agricultural development’
    • ‘patrimony laws’
    • ‘The modern official formation of the Japanese canon of cultural patrimony dates back to the first cultural protection law of 1871.’
    • ‘According to the law of Abdera, whoever wasted his patrimony would be deprived of the rites of burial.’
    • ‘Several crumbling mansions also echo the misfortunes of wastrel sons who blew their patrimony on (as one local tells me), ‘fast women and slow horses’.’
    • ‘Thus, noble and even non-noble families incorporated great amounts of their patrimony into these entailed estates.’
    1. 1.1Heritage.
      ‘an organization that saves the world's cultural patrimony by restoring historic buildings’
      • ‘The importance of these collections in preserving the cultural patrimony of African Americans in particular and Americans in general is indisputable.’
      • ‘Such places of natural beauty were to be passed ‘as a sacred patrimony from generation to generation’.’
      • ‘And they wouldn't be considered cultural patrimony.’
      • ‘Here art becomes both cultural patrimony and family legacy.’
      • ‘This is an aspect of Iraqi cultural patrimony that is not often addressed.’
      • ‘There was a void of cultural leadership about how to handle the city's built patrimony.’
      • ‘Other projects have included photography work on the architectural history of Sofia as well as on Ottoman architectural patrimony.’
      • ‘After all, the history of the United States has left a peculiar ideological patrimony.’
      • ‘It is the belief that a population can know its own geologic history, the patrimony of art, the folk art and customs.’
      • ‘And once transformed into a narrative, they form part of a common patrimony, available to anyone in the culture.’
      • ‘They belong permanently to Europe's spiritual patrimony and ought to remain constitutive of its unity.’
      • ‘Cultural and intellectual heritage is regarded as the property of society at large, the collective patrimony of whole nations and peoples.’
      • ‘By the early 20th century the conservatives had gained ascendancy and the presidency remained within a handful of élite families as if it were their personal patrimony.’
      • ‘This saurian symbol of Chinese emperors has been claimed, from the mid-1980s onward, as the common patrimony of all Chinese people.’
      • ‘It was a serious loss of the city's architectural patrimony.’
      • ‘She produced children and added to the family patrimony.’
      • ‘In the 1980s, the ‘family’ could no longer be held together and a division of its patrimony became inevitable.’
      • ‘Now this artistic and scientific patrimony is constantly under threat of destruction.’
      • ‘The Tibetans aren't quite as keen to sell their patrimony, but nobody's asking them.’
      • ‘If there is a religious tradition that I regard as my patrimony, it is the Catholic tradition.’
      heritage, inheritance, birthright
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    2. 1.2mainly historical The estate or property belonging by ancient endowment or right to a church or other institution.
      ‘Norman abbots energetically fought off the encroachments on the wealth and patrimony of the houses on which the abbots' own fates depended.’
      • ‘The most notable elements of the Andorran patrimony are its thirty Romanesque churches, almost all of them small, built between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries.’



/ˈpatrəˌmōnē/ /ˈpætrəˌmoʊni/


Middle English from Old French patrimoine, from Latin patrimonium, from pater, patr- ‘father’.