Pater familias

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PATER FAMILIAS, civil law. One who was sui juris and consequently was not either under parental power, nor under that of a master; a child in his cradle, therefore, could have been pater familias, if he had neither a master nor a father. Lec. Elem. Sec. 127, 128.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Pater familias Lyman Beecher, an evangelical reformer in the Calvinist tradition, transmitted his restless energy to ten offspring who survived to adulthood.
In spite of his strong feelings for the plight of poor children, his undeniable generosity, both spiritual and financial, he was very much the Victorian pater familias, with the poor as his dependents.
New Orleans is the pater familias of three cuisine forces: restaurants, fusion and the embrace of local food culture.
The Pirates took the lead when the Pittsburgh pater familias, Willie Stargell, launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Can we imagine that he is a champion of classical dance, in addition to being a perfect parent, a model husband, and a fine pater familias? We can, but with difficulty.
As for the men, they have lost their role as pater familias, not to mention the fact that the children speak the language of their ancestors so badly, the sagacious ethnologist would add by way of conclusion.
The sometimes subtle, sometimes brutally direct control of this public/private corporal arena has been wielded by a range for dominators, from the pater familias to our sexual/emotional partners and even our children; by teachers in school; by priests, doctors and judges; by the State and its institutions; even by the communications media.
Noe Chevrier was the pater familias in the late 19th century tradition, but evidence also suggests that he supported and promoted his daughter's business acumen and literary talents.
Calculatedly homespun, cunningly low-key, Thomas was the type of reassuring pater familias whose presence on the TV screen assured Americans that there was still room in this society for folksiness and tradition, that we weren't going to hell in a hand-basket.