Pat"ri*mo*ny (?), n.; pl. Patrimonies (#). [L. patrimonium, fr. pater father: cf. F. patrimoine. See Paternal.]
A right or estate inherited from one's father; or, in a larger sense, from any ancestor.
"'Reave the orphan of his patrimony
Formerly, a church estate or endowment.
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