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[fah-th er-hoo d] /ˈfɑ ðərˌhʊd/
the state of being a father.
fathers collectively.
the qualities or spirit of a father.
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English faderhode; replacing Middle English faderheed. See father, -hood Unabridged
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  • 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


the state or responsibility of being a father
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fatherhood

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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