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Definition of Father


  1. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.
  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.
  3. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection.
  4. A respectful mode of address to an old man.
  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.
  7. One of the chief esslesiastical 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.
  9. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity.
  10. To make one's self the father of; to beget.
  11. 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.).
  12. To provide with a father.

Father Quotations

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. - Jim Valvano
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Jim Valvano

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theodore Hesburgh

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change.
Katharine Hepburn

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Jesus Christ

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
William Shakespeare
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Father Translations

father in Afrikaans is pa
father in Danish is fader, far
father in Dutch is pater, vaartje, papa, vader, ouder
father in German is Vater
father in Italian is padre, babbo
father in Latin is gigno (genuit), abbas abbatis, pater patris
father in Norwegian is far
father in Portuguese is pai
father in Spanish is padre
father in Swedish is far, pappa, fader

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