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forefather

[fawr-fah-th er, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfɑ ðər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
an ancestor.
Origin of forefather
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English forefader. See fore-, father
Related forms
forefatherly, adjective
Synonyms
forebear, progenitor, patriarch, forerunner.
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  • It remained upon the point of rock, and my forefather took it thence.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • Orkins might be the forefather of a new race—a helluva race.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • "Well known is the name of Ragnar Lodbrok, my forefather," said the jarl.

    Wulfric the Weapon Thane Charles W. Whistler
  • You see the further away your forefather is, the more the virtue.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • This historian also adds that while one of the feet of our forefather rested on the mountain, the other was in the Indian ocean.

  • Your forefather, who, in the revival of science, sought the secrets of Apollonius and Paracelsus.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • It is said that in olden times the forefather of the Armenians had to flee for his life.

  • The white-eyed man was stationed at Lati,97 and is the forefather of all the people of Lati.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • Not every forefather of mine rests quiet beneath his escutcheoned marble.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • As his forefather's fate was, so shall his be, for in both of them dwells the same spirit.

    The Wanderer's Necklace H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for forefather

forefather

/ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə/
noun
1.
an ancestor, esp a male
Derived Forms
forefatherly, adjective
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Word Origin and History for forefather
n.

"ancestor," c.1300, from fore- + father (n.); perhaps directly from Old Norse forfaðir.

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