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fatherhood

[fah-th er-hoo d] /ˈfɑ ðərˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a father.
2.
fathers collectively.
3.
the qualities or spirit of a father.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; late Middle English faderhode; replacing Middle English faderheed. See father, -hood
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Examples for fatherhood
  • While mistaken paternity may be as old as fatherhood, it has never been easier to find out the truth.
  • The personal side of the poem is clearly marked, though the author nowhere directly refers to his fatherhood.
  • To enter the contest, simply post a short memory involving chocolate and fatherhood.
  • His challenges are made all the more difficult by the expectations and demands of impending fatherhood.
  • They talk about fatherhood and the protective instinct that doesn't leave when the children do.
  • It is not sonship or fatherhood and it is nothing known to us or to any other being.
  • Beard, who has so far avoided fatherhood, does not take kindly to this news.
  • fatherhood has undergone a profound change in the past half a century.
  • Really the movie is about fatherhood-one guy who lost his father and another who is about to become a dad.
  • Don seems less than enthused over the prospect of renewed fatherhood.
British Dictionary definitions for fatherhood

fatherhood

/ˈfɑːðəˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state or responsibility of being a father
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Word Origin and History for fatherhood
n.

early 14c., faderhade; see father (n.) + -hood.

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