Fa´ther   Pronunciation: fä´thẽr
n.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. 10.
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. 16.
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 of 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 ecclesiastical 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.
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
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.
b - Mohammed, or one of the sultans, his successors.
- Rom. iv.
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 York.
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.
v. t.1.To make one's self the father of; to beget.
[imp. & p. p. Fathered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fathering.]
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.).
3.To provide with a father.
To father on
to ascribe to, or charge upon, as one's offspring or work; to put or lay upon as being responsible.
- Barrow.
Noun1.Fatherfather - a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"
female parent, mother - a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children"
2.father - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
Synonyms: forefather, sire
3.Father - `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
Synonyms: Padre
4.Father - (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 Lation Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
5.father - 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.Father - God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"
7.father - a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
8.father - the head of an organized crime family
Synonyms: don
Verb1.father - make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
To see your father in your dream, symbolizes authority and protection. It suggests that you need to be more self-reliant. Consider also your waking relationship with your father. To dream that your father is dead, forewarns that you need to proceed with caution in conducting your business.Establishment, VIP, abba, abbe, affiliate to, agent, ancestor, ancestors, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, aunt, auntie, author, baron, bear, beget, begetter, beginner, big gun, big man, big name, bigwig, birth, blood brother, brass, brass hat, breed true, brethren, bring about, bring forth, bring to birth, bring to effect, bring to pass, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, builder, cassock, catalyst, causer, celebrity, chaplain, clergyman, conceive, conceiver, confessor, constructor, copulate, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, craftsman, create, creator, crossbreed, cure, dad, daddy, daughter, dean, derive from, designer, deviser, dignitary, dignity, discoverer, do, doyen, doyenne, effect, effector, effectuate, elder, eldest, encourager, engender, engenderer, engineer, establish, executor, executrix, father confessor, father in Christ, figure, filiate to, first cousin, first-born, firstling, forebear, forefather, foster brother, foster father, found, founder, frame, framer, frater, gallach, generate, generator, genitor, gestate, get, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, governor, grandnephew, grandniece, granduncle, great man, great-aunt, great-uncle, grower, half brother, hatch, important person, inaugurate, inaugurator, inbreed, industrialist, initiate, initiator, inspirer, instigator, institute, institutor, interests, introducer, invent, inventor, journeyman, kid brother, lion, lords of creation, magnate, make, make love, maker, man of mark, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, minister, mogul, mother, motor, mover, multiply, nabob, name, nephew, niece, notability, notable, nuncle, nunks, nunky, occasion, old boy, old man, older, oldest, organizer, originator, outbreed, pa, padre, panjandrum, pap, papa, pappy, parent, parish priest, parson, past master, pastor, pater, paterfamilias, patriarch, penitentiary, person of renown, personage, personality, pillar of society, planner, pop, pops, power, power elite, precursor, presbyter, priest, prime mover, primogenitor, primum mobile, procreate, produce, producer, progenerate, progenitor, proliferate, promoter, propagate, raiser, realize, realizer, reproduce in kind, ruling circle, sachem, second cousin, senior, set afloat, set on foot, set up, shaper, shepherd, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, sky pilot, smith, soil, somebody, something, son, spawn, spiritual director, spiritual father, stepbrother, stepfather, stepsister, supporter, the great, the old man, the top, top brass, top people, trace to, tycoon, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, very important person, work, worthy, wright
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