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  • n. A procreator; one who begets.
  • n. An originator; a creator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who begets; a father.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who begets or procreates; a father.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)


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  • The offspring must seek and love the begetter; and especially so when begetter and begotten are alone in their sphere; when, in addition, the begetter is the highest good, the offspring [inevitably seeking its Good] is attached by a bond of sheer necessity, separated only in being distinct.

    The Six Enneads.

  • Thorpe rarely used words with much exactness. {403b} It is obvious that he did not employ 'begetter' in the ordinary sense.

    A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles

  • Some scholars have supposed that the word 'begetter' in this dedication means simply the procurer of the Sonnets for Thomas

    Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

  • Since the party's preferred historical narrative casts it as the only begetter of China's liberation and subsequent rise, this awkward complication is hard to overlook.

    China's Confucian makeover | Isabel Hilton

  • He was the only national newspaperman along with provincial compatriot JBG Thomas of the Western Mail to cover the full Lions tours of 1950 and 1955, was for more than 30 years the only begetter of the invaluable Rothmans Rugby Annual.

    Tons of reasons to support the monarchs of sport | Frank Keating

  • “If there was an intellectual begetter of this movement, it was surely the biochemist Professor Michael Behe, whose book Darwin's Black Box in 1996 expounded the theory of irreducible complexity.”

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • If there was an intellectual begetter of this movement, it was surely the biochemist Professor Michael Behe, whose book Darwin's Black Boxin 1996 expounded the theory of irreducible complexity.

    The secular inquisition

  • At that time, Coleridge was the radical begetter of the Lyrical Ballads; and had he expired, he would, Holmes suggested, have been recalled as a meteoric talent, that - like that of Keats or Shelley - had burned all the brighter for its very brevity.

    Jura Duty

  • Throughout the 20th century, as scholars labored to construct a viable history of modern art, Cézanne (along with Manet, Courbet and a handful of transgressive others) was posited as its fountainhead, the protean begetter whose countless artistic progeny shaped a new aesthetic that placed vision and touch above traditional formal and narrative concerns.

    A Father of Modern Art and His Many Progeny

  • The Thames, the begetter of commerce, is also the most visible harbor for the miseries which a commercial civilization can induce.

    In Praise Of London's 'Old Father'


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