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  • n. The property of being fatherly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The qualities of a father; parantal kindness, care, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being fatherly; resemblance to a kind father; parental kindness, care, and tenderness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father


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  • There was a certain vulnerable kindliness about him, which made her wonder, startled, if she had ever realized what real fatherliness meant.

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  • Carl Sugarman had blown their relationship when his voice had betrayed fatherliness, but What's-His-Face — or someone else — could blow it just as easily should his voice betray indifference.


  • "Oh. no, my son," the Good Prtest Boffly said with a tone of hurt fatherliness in his voice.

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  • I talked with the President till a party of young girls, who seemed to regard him with idolatry, and whom, in return, he treated with a sage mixture of gallantry and fatherliness, came to him with an invitation to join in some old-fashioned contra-dance long forgotten at the East.

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  • There was one thing about Rockford not compatible with his air of fond fatherliness: his eyes were hard, gray slate as they looked into

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  • There was an insufferable suggestion of ripe old age and fatherliness in his attitude which she found irritating in the extreme.

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  • With breezy fatherliness which inspirited Una, he spoke of the possible presence of pneumococcus, of doing magic things with Romer's serum, of trusting in

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  • Masked as ever in his suave exterior and his manner of mingled obsequiousness and fatherliness, he came instantly.

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