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  1. make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an early writer accepted as an authority on the teachings and practices of the Christian church Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially Roman or Orthodox Catholic); `Padre' is frequently used in the military Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. (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. Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. the head of an organized crime family Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. `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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. One who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. One who performs the offices of a parent by maintenance, affetionate care, counsel, or protection. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A respectful mode of address to an old man. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A senator of ancient Rome. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The Supreme Being and Creator; God; in theology, the first person in the Trinity. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To make one's self the father of; to beget. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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.). Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To provide with a father. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Male parents, human or animal. Medical Dictionary DB
  25. A male perent or ancestor; one who stands in the relation of a father; an originator or founder; the official title of a dignitary, priest, or confessor of the Roman Catholic Church; the senior member of any class, profession, or body; a religious writer of the Early Christian Church. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. To adopt as a son or daughter; to assume authorship of or accept responsibility for; as, to father a bill in Congress: Father, the Creator; God. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. A male parent; an ancestor or forether; a contiriver or originator; a title of respect; an ecclesiastical writer of the early centuries; the first Person of the Trinity; the eldest member of any profession, or of any body; as, father of the bar, the oldest barrister; father of the church, the clergyman who has longest held office; father of the House of Representatives, the mebmer who has been longest in the HOUSE. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. A male parent; ancestor; originator; early writer of the Church; first Person of the Trinity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. To adopt. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To charge the responsibility for; with on or upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. The male parent of a child. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. Any male ancestor; forefather; patriarch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. A venerable man; priest; clergyman; ancient church writer; author; founder. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. The Deity; God; the first person in the Trinity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. A male parent; a forefather; an appellation of respect to an old man; one who exercises paternal care over another; a contriver or originator; the first person in the Trinity; the title given to dignitaries of the Church, superiors of convents, and to Roman Catholic confessors; the senior member of a profession. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. To adopt; to profess to be the author of; to ascribe or charge to one as his offspring or production. Adoptive father, he who adopts the children of another and acknowledges them as his own. Putative father, the supposed father. Fathers of the Church, the ecclesiastical writers of the first centuries. Conscript fathers, the senators of Rome. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. A male parent; the first ancestor; a common title, applied to a protector, deliverer, or supporter; God the Creator; a name given to Rom. Cath. priests. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. To ascribe or charge to one as his offspring or production; to adopt anything as one's own. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. The position and authority of the father as the head of the family are expressly assumed and sanctioned in Scripture, as a likeness of that of the Almighty over his creatures. It lies of course at the root of that so-called patriarchal government, ( Genesis 3:16 ; 1 Corinthians 11:3 ) which was introductory to the more definite systems which followed, and which in part, but not wholly, superseded it. The fathers blessing was regarded as conferring special benefit, but his malediction special injury, on those on whom it fell, ( Genesis 9:25 Genesis 9:27 ; 27:27-40 ; Genesis 48:15 Genesis 48:20 ; 49:1 ) ... and so also the sin of a parent was held to affect, in certain cases, the welfare of his descendants. ( 2 Kings 5:27 ) The command to honor parents is noticed by St. Paul as the only one of the Decalogue which bore a distinct promise, ( Exodus 20:12 ; Ephesians 6:2 ) and disrespect towards them was condemned by the law as one of the worst crimes. ( Exodus 21:15 Exodus 21:17 ; 1 Timothy 1:9 ) It is to this well-recognized theory of parental authority and supremacy that the very various uses of the term "father" in Scripture are due. "Fathers" is used in the sense of seniors, ( Acts 7:2 ; 22:1 ) and of parents in general, or ancestors. ( Daniel 5:2 ; Jeremiah 27:7 ; Matthew 23:30 Matthew 23:32 ) biblestudytools.com
  40. The male parent. He by whom a child is begotten. As used in law, thisterm may (according to the context and the nature of the instrument) include a putativeas well as a legal father, also a stepfather, an adoptive father, or a grandfather, but isnot as wide as the word "parent," and cannot he so construed as to Include a female.Liud v. Burke, 50 Neb. 785, 77 N. W. 444; Crook v. Webb. 125 Ala. 457, 28 South. 3S4;Cotheal v. Cotheal, 40 N. Y. 410; Lantznes- ter v. State. 19 Tex. App. 321 ; Thornburgv. American Strawboard Co., 141 Ind. 443, 40 N. E. 1002, 50 Am. St. Rep. 334. thelawdictionary.org
  41. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  42. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  43. a name applied (1) to any ancestor ( Deuteronomy 1:11 ; 1 Kings 15:11 ; Matthew 3:9 ; 23:30 , etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. ( Judges 17:10 ; 18:19 ; 1 Samuel 10:12 ; 2 Kings 2:12 ; Matthew 23:9 , etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal ( Genesis 4:20 Genesis 4:21 ; Compare Job 38:28 ). Applied to God ( Exodus 4:22 ; Deuteronomy 32:6 ; 2 Sam 7:14 ; Psalms 89:27 Psalms 89:28 , etc.). As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews ( Jeremiah 31:9 ; Isaiah 63:16 ; 64:8 ; John 8:41 , etc.). biblestudytools.com
  44. a name applied (1) to any ancestor ( Deuteronomy 1:11 ; 1 Kings 15:11 ; Matthew 3:9 ; 23:30 , etc.); and (2) as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. ( Judges 17:10 ; 18:19 ; 1 Samuel 10:12 ; 2 Kings 2:12 ; Matthew 23:9 , etc.). (3) The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal ( Genesis 4:20 Genesis 4:21 ; Compare Job 38:28 ). Applied to God ( Exodus 4:22 ; Deuteronomy 32:6 ; 2 Sam 7:14 ; Psalms 89:27 Psalms 89:28 , etc.). Believers are called God's "sons" ( John 1:12 ; Romans 8:16 ; Matthew 6:4 Matthew 6:8 Matthew 6:15 Matthew 6:18 ; Matthew 10:20 Matthew 10:29 ). They also call him "Father" ( Romans 1:7 ; 1 Corinthians 1:3 ; 2 co 1:2 ; Galatians 1:4 ) These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[B] indicates this entry was also found in Baker's Evangelical Dictionary[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Father". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  45. Domestic relations. He by whom a child is begotten. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  46. A father is the natural guardian of his children, and his duty by the natural law consists in maintaining them and educating them during their infancy, and making a necessary provision for their happiness in life. This latter, however, is a duty which the law does not enforce. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  47. By law, the father is bound to support his children, if of sufficient ability, even though they have property of their own. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 4 Mass. R. 97; 2 Mass. R. 415 5 Rawle, 323. But he is not bound, without some agreement, to pay another for maintaining them; 9 C. & P. 497; nor is he bound to pay their debts, unless he has authorized them to be contracted. 38 E. C. L. R. 195, n. See 8 Watts, R. 366 1 Craig. & Phil. 317; Bind; Nother; Parent. This obligation ceases as soon as the child becomes of age, unless he becomes chargeable to the public. 1 Ld. Ray. 699. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  48. The rights of the father are authority over his children, to enforce all his lawful commands, and to correct with moderation his children for disobedience. A father may delegate his power over the person of his child to a tutor or instructor, the better to accomplish the purposes of his education. This power ceases on the arrival of the child at the age of twenty-one years. Generally, the father is entitled to the services of his children during their minority. 4 S. & R. 207; Bouv. Inst. Index, h. t. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  49. fä'th[.e]r, n. a male parent: an ancestor or forefather: a fatherly protector: a contriver or originator: a title of respect applied to a venerable man, to confessors, monks, priests, &c.: a member of certain fraternities, as 'Fathers of the Oratory,' &c.: the oldest member of any profession or other body: one of a group of ecclesiastical writers of the early centuries, usually ending with Ambrose, Jerome, and Augustine: the first person of the Trinity.--v.t. to adopt: to ascribe to one as his offspring or production.--ns. FA'THERHOOD, state of being a father: fatherly authority; FA'THER-IN-LAW, the father of one's husband or wife; FA'THERLAND, the land of one's fathers--from the Ger. Vaterland; FA'THER-LASH'ER, a name applied to two bull-heads found on the British coasts, belonging to the Gurnard family.--adj. FA'THERLESS, destitute of a living father: without a known author.--ns. FA'THERLESSNESS; FA'THERLINESS.--adj. FA'THERLY, like a father in affection and care: paternal.--n. FA'THERSHIP.--HOLY FATHER, the Pope.--BE GATHERED TO ONE'S FATHERS (B.), to die and be buried. [A.S. fæder; Ger. vater, L. pater, Gr. pat[=e]r.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  50. Male parent (also fig.; the wish is f. to the thought, one believes because one wishes to; the child is f. to the man, lays down the lines of his development; =f.-in law; =step-f.; (also adoptive f.), one who has adopted a child; progenitor, forefather; originator, designer, early leader, (f. of English poetry; French of lies, the devil; French of the FAITHFUL; Ff. of the Church or Ff., Christian writers of first five centuries); one who deserves filial reverence (f. of his country); religious teacher; God; First Person of the Trinity; confessor; priest belonging to religious order, superior of monastic house; Right, Most, Reverend French in God, title of bishop, archbishop; The Holy F., the Pope; =priest as prefixed title; venerable person, god (F. Thames); oldest member, doyen, (F. of House of Commons, member with longest continuous service); (pl.) leading men, elders, (Ff. of the City; Conscript Ff., Roman senators); f. -in-law, father of one\'s wife or husband; fatherland, native country (the French -l., Germany). Hence fatherhood, fathership, nn., fatherless a., fatherlike, fatherly, aa. & advv., fatherliness n. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  51. Beget; be the f. of; originate (statement &c.); pass as, confess oneself, the f., author, of (child, book); govern paternally; fix paternity of (child, book) upon. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  52. French. Christmas, French. Time, Christmas, Time, personified. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  53. (Naut.) He who constructs a ship for the navy. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  54. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Greek] Male parent;—a male ancestor more remote than a parent; a progenitor; especially, a first ancestor;—he who is to be venerated for age, kindness, wisdom, &c.;—a senator of ancient Rome;—a dignitary of the Roman Catholic church, a superior of a convent, a confessor, or a priest; also, a dignitary or elder clergyman in the Protestant church;—one of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ;—a producer, author, or contriver;—the Supreme Being; the first person in the Trinity. Cabinet Dictionary
  55. He by whom the son or daughter is begotten; the first ancestor; the appellation of an old man; the title of any man reverend; the ecclesiastical writers of the first centuries; the title of a popish confessor; the title of a senator of old Rome; the appellation of the first person of the adorable Trinity. Complete Dictionary
  56. To take as a son or daughter; to supply with a father; to adopt a composition; to ascribe to any one as his offspring, or production. Complete Dictionary

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