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English Dictionary: Father by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Father
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
    Synonym(s): father, male parent, begetter
    Antonym(s): female parent, mother
  2. the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): Father, Father-God, Fatherhood
  7. a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
    Synonym(s): founder, beginner, founding father, father
  8. the head of an organized crime family
    Synonym(s): don, father
  1. make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
    Synonym(s): beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Father \Fa"ther\, v. t. [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.
      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] {upon}, to ascribe to, or charge upon, as
            one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being
            responsible. [bd]Nothing can be so uncouth or extravagant,
            which may not be fathered on some fetch of wit, or some
            caprice of humor.[b8] --Barrow.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Father \Fa"ther\, n. [OE. fader, AS. f[91]der; akin to OS.
      fadar, D. vader, OHG. fatar, G. vater, Icel. Fa[?]ir Sw. &
      Dan. fader, OIr. athir, L. pater, Gr. [?][?][?][?][?], Skr.
      pitr, perh. fr. Skr. p[be] protect. [?][?][?],[?][?][?]. 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.
                     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.
                     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 og 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 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
                     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
      {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 Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      a name applied (1) to any ancestor (Deut. 1:11; 1 Kings 15:11;
      Matt. 3:9; 23:30, etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a
      chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judg. 17:10; 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:12;
      2 Kings 2:12; Matt. 23:9, etc.). (3) The author or beginner of
      anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:20,
      21; comp. Job 38:28).
         Applied to God (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 32:6; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:27,
      28, etc.). (1.) As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews
      (Jer. 31:9; Isa. 63:16; 64:8; John 8:41, etc.).
         (2.) Believers are called God's "sons" (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16;
      Matt. 6:4, 8, 15, 18; 10:20, 29). They also call him "Father"
      (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:4)
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