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synonyms for forebears

  • forefather
  • forerunner
  • progenitor
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How to use forebears in a sentence

Our forebears travelled the roads from necessity, and saw nothing save unromantic discomforts in their journeyings to and fro.
THE PORTSMOUTH ROAD AND ITS TRIBUTARIESCHARLES G. HARPER
But our forebears were composed of less delicate nerves and tougher thews and sinews than ourselves.
THE PORTSMOUTH ROAD AND ITS TRIBUTARIESCHARLES G. HARPER
Unfortunately, however, our forebears were not yet educated to a proper appreciation and admiration of scenery.
THE PORTSMOUTH ROAD AND ITS TRIBUTARIESCHARLES G. HARPER
But he seemed satisfied when Harry told him that the negro's forebears for many generations back had belonged to the Herndons.
A LITTLE UNION SCOUTJOEL CHANDLER HARRIS
They and their forebears were compelled to forego some present ease and comfort, but always kept open the door to the future.
THE NEW STONE AGE IN NORTHERN EUROPEJOHN M. TYLER
From such forebears the generation of Cortes received its heritage of Christian chivalry.
SOUTH AMERICAN FIGHTS AND FIGHTERSCYRUS TOWNSEND BRADY
Lands their forebears had won by lance and sword, they were squandering away as fast as ever they could.
RICHARD CARVEL, COMPLETEWINSTON CHURCHILL
Only by patient research has it been discovered that one or more of his forebears could so much as play the organ.
RICHARD WAGNERJOHN F. RUNCIMAN
Miss Sturgis' early training and forebears had not been of an order to develop either great dignity, or self-control.
PEGGY STEWART AT SCHOOLGABRIELLE E. JACKSON
For Du Guay-Trouin wished to accumulate riches, as his forebears had done.
FAMOUS PRIVATEERSMEN AND ADVENTURERS OF THE SEACHARLES H. L. JOHNSTON
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WORDS RELATED TO FOREBEARS

  • ancestor
  • ancestry
  • antecessor
  • blood
  • descent
  • extraction
  • forebears
  • forefather/mother
  • genealogy
  • line
  • primogenitor
  • progenitor
  • stock
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