forefathers

[ fawr-fah-ther, fohr- ]SEE DEFINITION OF forefathers
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOREFATHERS

Our forefathers faced certain perils which we have outgrown.

What remains have we in our English villages of our Saxon forefathers, the makers of England?

Are we not to worship, because our forefathers burned and stabbed for religion?

They live in the crude, primordial fashion of their forefathers.

The story of the Europe in which our forefathers lived is, therefore, part of our story.

The minds of our American forefathers were not always lucid.

His forefathers worked in iron or wood, and he cannot attempt to learn other work.

I have long felt sure that our forefathers were in their time as good men as we.

We have the royal scoundrels who took the land of our forefathers.

Our forefathers had their own ways of accounting for each of these calamities.

WORD ORIGIN

"ancestor," c.1300, from fore- + father (n.); perhaps directly from Old Norse forfaðir.

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