1. father, male parent, begetter, parent

usage: a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"

2. forefather, father, sire, ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, root

usage: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"

3. Father, Padre, priest, title, title of respect, form of address

usage: `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

4. Church Father, Father of the Church, Father, theologian, theologist, theologizer, theologiser

usage: (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 Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom

5. father, leader

usage: a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization; "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"

6. Father, Father-God, Fatherhood

usage: God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"

7. founder, beginner, founding father, father, originator, conceiver, mastermind

usage: a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"

8. don, father, head, chief, top dog

usage: the head of an organized crime family


1. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth, make, create

usage: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

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