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Father

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Father \Fa"ther\ (f[aum]"[th][~e]r), noun [OE. fader, AS. f[ae]der; akin to OS. fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. fa[eth]ir Sw. & Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. path'r, Skr. pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p[=a] protect. [root]75, 247. Cf. {Papa}, {Paternal}, {Patriot}, {Potential}, {Pablum}.]

1. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.

A wise son maketh a glad father. --Prov. x. 1.

2. A male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor; a founder of a race or family; -- in the plural, fathers, ancestors.

David slept with his fathers. --1 Kings ii. 10.

Abraham, who is the father of us all. --Rom. iv. 16.

3. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.

I was a father to the poor. --Job xxix. 16.

He hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house. --Gen. xiv. 8.

4. A respectful mode of address to an old man.

And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him [Elisha], . . . and said, O my father, my father! --2 Kings xiii. 14.

5. A senator of ancient Rome.

6. A dignitary of the church, a superior of a convent, a confessor (called also {father confessor}), or a priest; also, the eldest member of a profession, or of a legislative assembly, etc.

Bless you, good father friar ! --Shak.

7. One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ; -- often spoken of collectively as the Fathers; as, the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers.

8. One who, or that which, gives origin; an originator; a producer, author, or contriver; the first to practice any art, profession, or occupation; a distinguished example or teacher.

The father of all such as handle the harp and organ. --Gen. iv. 21.

Might be the father, Harry, to that thought. --Shak.

The father of good news. --Shak.

9. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.

Our Father, which art in heaven. --Matt. vi. 9.

Now had the almighty Father from above . . . Bent down his eye. --Milton.

{Adoptive father}, one who adopts the child of another, treating it as his own.

{Apostolic father}, {Conscript fathers, etc.} See under {Apostolic}, {Conscript}, etc.

{Father in God}, a title given to bishops.

{Father of lies}, the Devil.

{Father of the bar}, the oldest practitioner at the bar.

{Fathers of the city}, the aldermen.

{Father of the Faithful}. (a) Abraham. --Rom. iv. --Gal. iii. 6-9. (b) Mohammed, or one of the sultans, his successors.

{Father of the house}, the member of a legislative body who has had the longest continuous service.

{Most Reverend Father in God}, a title given to archbishops and metropolitans, as to the archbishops of Canterbury and York.

{Natural father}, the father of an illegitimate child.

{Putative father}, one who is presumed to be the father of an illegitimate child; the supposed father.

{Spiritual father}. (a) A religious teacher or guide, esp. one instrumental in leading a soul to God. (b) (R. C. Ch.) A priest who hears confession in the sacrament of penance.

{The Holy Father} (R. C. Ch.), the pope.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Father \Fa"ther\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fathering}.]

1. To make one's self the father of; to beget.

Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base. --Shak.

2. To take as one's own child; to adopt; hence, to assume as one's own work; to acknowledge one's self author of or responsible for (a statement, policy, etc.).

Men of wit Often fathered what he writ. --Swift.

3. To provide with a father. [R.]

Think you I am no stronger than my sex, Being so fathered and so husbanded ? --Shak.

{To father on} or {To father upon}, to ascribe to, or charge upon, as one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being responsible. "Nothing can be so uncouth or extravagant, which may not be fathered on some fetch of wit, or some caprice of humor." --Barrow.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

father

noun

1: a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta" [syn: {father}, {male parent}, {begetter}] [ant: {female parent}, {mother}]

2: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" [syn: {forefather}, {father}, {sire}]

3: 'Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); 'Padre' is frequently used in the military [syn: {Father}, {Padre}]

4: (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom [syn: {Church Father}, {Father of the Church}, {Father}]

5: a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization; "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"

6: God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father" [syn: {Father}, {Father-God}, {Fatherhood}]

7: a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country" [syn: {founder}, {beginner}, {founding father}, {father}]

8: the head of an organized crime family [syn: {don}, {father}]

verb

1: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: {beget}, {get}, {engender}, {father}, {mother}, {sire}, {generate}, {bring forth}]

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