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synonyms for forefathers

  • antecedent
  • ascendant
  • patriarch
  • precursor
  • predecessor
  • primogenitor
  • progenitor
  • forebearer
  • procreator
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How to use forefathers in a sentence

It was the land of his forefathers; and with what views, with what feelings, was he first to set his foot upon its shores!
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
You have heard what hardships our forefathers went through, while they were fighting the battles of liberty.
MIKE MARBLEUNCLE FRANK
The Infanta Margaret had indeed, at the time of her marriage, renounced her rights to the kingdom of her forefathers.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF JAMES II.THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
Seldom, very seldom would I go to war—never, unless for some great principle, such as that for which our forefathers contended.
MIKE MARBLEUNCLE FRANK
And impersonally his admiration for the land of one set of forefathers grew, although personally he remained cold.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
And he gave the judge a rapid sketch of the part his English forefathers had played in the great reform acts of their country.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Thurstane is evidently Thor's stone or altar; forefathers priests of the god of thunder.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
They have become respectable, and go to church, and have lost a good deal of the vigour and independence of their forefathers.
EAST ANGLIAJ. EWING RITCHIE
We live to some extent in peace and comfort upon the results obtained for us by the chronicles of our forefathers.
FRIENDS IN COUNCILARTHUR HELPS
I want not superfluous wealth; for me the fortune inherited from my forefathers, is amply sufficient.
THE MYSTERIOUS WANDERER, VOL. IIISOPHIA REEVE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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