View definitions for filial


adjective as in relating to a son or daughter

Strong match

  • daughterly

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Example Sentences

If this all sounds familiar, that’s because the Woodstock ’99 model—a circular firing squad of parental selfishness and denial, and frustrated filial acting-out—has since become the dominant intergenerational dynamic.

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He never saw his father again, their contact limited to letters brimming with intellectual vigor, paternal concern and filial devotion that decades later were published in a best-selling volume in China.

She explained that “filial laws” are a vestige of English rule.

As a candid psychological exploration of a highly charged filial relationship, The Wolf and the Watchman fascinates.

Apparently Romney has placed his filial devotion in the same blind trust in which he has stored his dignity.

Her husband noticed, and thought it was the expression of a deep filial attachment which he had never suspected.

The Chinese consul paternally tells his countrymen what they are to do, and they do it with filial submission.

Tatsu has been without kindred,—he knows not yet the sacred duties of filial love.

Let them not speak to us of a filial or respectful fear mingled with love, which men should have for their God.

I listened to her religious exhortations with a feeling of filial gratitude, and they sunk deep into my heart.


On this page you'll find 4 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to filial, such as: null, familial, fraternal, and null.

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