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Definition of Filial


  1. Of or pertaining to a son or daughter; becoming to a child in relation to his parents; as, filial obedience.
  2. Bearing the relation of a child.

Filial Quotations

If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants.
Lao Tzu

The parental, and filial affections seem to be as ardent, their sensibility and attachment, as active and faithful, as those observed to be in human nature.
William Bartram

Sometimes children do forget their filial responsibilities.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

A filial son to his father can be a traitorous subject to his ruler.
Han Fei

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.
Alan Dundes
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Filial Translations

filial in Hungarian is gyermeki
filial in Spanish is filial
filial in Swedish is sonlig, dotterlig
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