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  1. Alternative spelling of paterfamilias
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You see, he is himself pater familias, with no Bohemian trait or raffish turn.
Yet even though the relationship between him and his father constitutes the novel's central conflict, Trevor is not exclusively haunted by a pater familias.
He clearly sees himself not just as political leader, but as the conservative pater familias of the whole nation and the guardian of morality.
The authority of the pater familias was unlimited, be it in civil rights as well as in criminal law.
He was part of our family celebrations for decades, an adopted pater familias.
As lavish a minstrel as the pewee pater familias is under most circumstances, that morning he was too busy to tune his wind harp.

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