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 for paterfamilias
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Paterfamilias \Pa`ter*fa*mil`i*as\, n.; pl. Pateresfamilias.
     [L., fr. pater father + familias, gen. of familia family.]
     (Rom. Law)
     The head of a family; in a large sense, the proprietor of an
     estate; one who is his own master.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  paterfamilias
      n 1: the male head of family or tribe [syn: patriarch,
           paterfamilias]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "paterfamilias":
     abba, boss, bwana, chef, chief, church dignitary, dad, daddy,
     ecclesiarch, elder, employer, father, foster father, genitor,
     goodman, governor, guru, husband, liege, liege lord, lord,
     lord paramount, master, overlord, pa, padrone, pap, papa, pappy,
     paramount, pater, patriarch, patron, pop, pops, rabbi, sahib,
     seigneur, seignior, sire, starets, stepfather, teacher,
     the old man
  
  

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