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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of beget.

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Examples

  • Sin begets its own consequence, both on individuals and nations.

    12/26/2004

  • One sin begets another, and it cannot be imagined how much mischief is produced: there is every evil work.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Unrighteousness is unto sin; the sinful acts confirm and strengthen the sinful habits; one sin begets another; it is like the letting forth of water, therefore leave it before it be meddled with.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Honest discourse is good; name-calling begets name-calling.

    Post Debate Roundup, Philly Edition

  • Ane ill word begets another, and it were at at the Bridge at _London_.

    Collection of Scotch Proverbs

  • And in the life which is begotten of life, i.e. in the essence which is born of essence, seeing that it is not born unlike (and that because life is of life), He keeps in Himself a nature wholly similar to His original, because there is no diversity in the likeness of the essence that is born and that begets, that is, of the life which is possessed and which has been given.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • "My faith, the very name begets a towering conceit wherever it goes," he answered, and he brought his stick down on the floor with such vehemence that the emerald and ruby rings rattled on his shrunken fingers.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • But she was one of those satisfactory creatures whose intercourse has the charm of discovery; whose integrity of faculty and expression begets a wish to know what they will say on all subjects or how they will perform whatever they undertake; so that they end by raising not only a continual expectation but a continual sense of fulfillment -- the systole and diastole of blissful companionship.

    Daniel Deronda

  • Or, as it is in the churning of milk and the wringing of the nose, that is done by force which otherwise would not be done, so the spirit is heated by degrees with strong passions; one angry word begets another, and that a third; one passionate debate makes work for another, and so it goes on till it ends at length in irreconcilable feuds.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • I fall too without premeditation or design; the first word begets the second, and so to the end of the chapter.

    The Essays of Montaigne — Complete

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