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Definition of Ancestor

Ancestor

  1. One from whom a person is descended, whether on the father's or mother's side, at any distance of time; a progenitor; a fore father.
  2. An earlier type; a progenitor; as, this fossil animal is regarded as the ancestor of the horse.
  3. One from whom an estate has descended; -- the correlative of heir.

Ancestors Quotations

The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.
Thomas Sowell

Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
Ralph Ellison

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke

Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future; let them look to the land of their ancestors, but let them look also to the land of their children.
Wilfrid Laurier
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Ancestor Translations

ancestor in German is Vorfahr, Vorfahre, Ahne, Vorfahr
ancestor in Latin is atavus, progenitor
ancestor in Spanish is antepasado
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