A father (or dad) is defined as a male parent or Individual progenitor of human offspring. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the gerund "fathering". Fathers determine the gender of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male).
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... He was also sometimes called the father of Marsyas ... In the version that places Oeagrus in Pieria, his father is given as King Pierus and Methone ... Oeagrus is given as the father of Orpheus with mother Calliope (sometimes Apollo is given as the father), and he is described as "a Thracian wine-god, who was himself descended from Atlas." He married ...
... That year, his father fell ill and could not attend the Imperial Feng Sacrifice ... Fueled by his father's inspiration, Sima Qian started to compile Shiji in 109 BC ... Three years after the death of his father, Sima Qian became the Grand Historian ...
... Olenus (or Olenos) was the name of several individuals Olenus, son of Hephaestus and father of Helike and Aex, two nurses of infant Zeus ... Olenus, father of Tectaphus the Lapith ... Olenus, a Lelegian, father of Phoceus ...
... His father, James ("Jim") McCartney, was absent from his son's birth due to his work as a volunteer firefighter during World War II ... baptised in their mother's Roman Catholic faith, their father, a former Protestant turned agnostic, felt Catholic schools sacrificed the education of their students for the sake of their religious ... Jazz Band in the 1920s, McCartney's father kept an upright piano in the front room, and he encouraged his sons to be musical ...
... His father Alberto Uribe Sierra was a wealthy landowner ... Uribe's father was killed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas during a 1983 kidnapping attempt ... After his father's death, Álvaro Uribe focused his political career and became a member of the center-left Colombian Liberal Party ...
More definitions of "father":
- (noun): '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.
- (noun): A person who founds or establishes some institution.
Example: "George Washington is the father of his country"
Synonyms: founder, beginner, founding father
- (verb): Make children.
Example: "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
Synonyms: beget, get, engender, mother, sire, generate, bring forth
- (noun): The head of an organized crime family.
- (noun): A person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization.
Example: "The tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"
- (noun): (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.
Synonyms: Church Father, Father of the Church
Famous quotes containing the word father:
“A father ... knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, the father not only will support his wife in keeping their daughter home but he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested.”
—Bill Cosby (20th century)
“Any balance we achieve between adult and parental identities, between childrens and our own needs, works only for a timebecause, as one father says, Its a new ball game just about every week. So we are always in the process of learning to be parents.”
—Joan Sheingold Ditzion, Dennie, and Palmer Wolf. Ourselves and Our Children, by Boston Womens Health Book Collective, ch. 2 (1978)
“The idea of feminine authority is so deeply embedded in the human subconscious that even after all these centuries of father-right the young child instinctively regards the mother as the supreme authority. He looks upon the father as equal with himself, equally subject to the womans rule. Children have to be taught to love, honor, and respect the father.”
—Elizabeth Gould Davis (b. 1910)