Word of the Day Archive
Sunday June 17, 2012
1. A relative whose connection is traceable exclusively through males.
2. Any male relation on the father's side.
1. Related or akin through males or on the father's side.
2. Allied or akin.
It was considered abomination; no agnate gives up its infant kin in Igboland, no matter the crime.
-- M. O. Ené, Blighted Blues
His uncle in the third segment was the only other agnate who shared patriotic sentiments with Yat-Kuan.
-- Saikaku Ihara, Tales of Japanese Justice
Agnate is derived from the Latin word agnātus which referred to paternal kinsmen.