American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To father; sire.
- v. To cause to exist or occur; produce: Violence begets more violence.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To procreate; generate: chiefly used of the father alone, but sometimes of both parents.
- To produce as an effect; cause to exist; generate; occasion: as, luxury begets vice; “love is begot by fancy,”
- Synonyms To breed, engender.
- v. To cause; to produce.
- v. To procreate; to father (rarely: to mother); to get with child.
- v. To happen to; befall.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To procreate, as a father or sire; to generate; -- commonly said of the father.
- v. obsolete To get (with child.)
- v. To produce as an effect; to cause to exist.
- v. make children
- From Middle English begeten, biȝeten, from Old English beġietan ("to get, find, acquire, attain, receive, take, seize, happen, beget"), from Proto-Germanic *bigetanan (“to find, seize”), equivalent to be- + get. Cognate with Old Saxon bigitan ("to find, seize"), Old High German bigezan ("to gain, achieve, win, procure") (German begatten ("to mate, copulate, beget")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English biyeten, bigeten, from Old English begetan; see ghend- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A natural citizen must beget from the womb of a female citizen.”
“From this false idea of monopoly has come the Greek name of usury, tokos, as much as to say the child or the increase of capital, which caused Aristotle to perpetrate this witticism: coins beget no children.”
“Somehow bad calls beget bad calls, and even though this group was selected for their experience after a particularly poor playoff thus far by the men in blue, they couldn't work more than one solid game in a row without screwing up royally in Game 2.”
“Since the first half of the verse already allows itself a different mode of speech than the preceding (yaladh -- "beget"), this half-verse is promptly stamped as interpolation, the assumption being that no author could have had the least of flexibility of style.”
“Justin and Tatian used the expression "beget" [Greek: gennan] for the creation of the world, but in connections which do not admit of any importance being attached to this use.”
“I have used the word "beget," of what, I am told, is asexual generation, whereas the word should be confined to sexual generation only.”
“The word "beget" applied only to men in Scripture is additional enforcement of the idea that the creative act belongs to him alone.”
“I acknowledge that the Greek word for 'beget' is genderless whereas in Arabic there is both a male form”
“The Christian Bible Doesn't throwing out the word "begotten" from John 3: 16 confirm what the HQ has been saying for about 1400 years, that Jesus was not begotten by God, that God DOES NOT begett? he may not 'beget', but he just couldn't resist that human poontang, could he?”
“Baird, in 1972, the Court invalidated a state law preventing unmarried individuals access to contraceptives and declared, “If the right of privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.””
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