Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being fatherly; resemblance to a kind father; parental kindness, care, and tenderness.
- n. The property of being fatherly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The qualities of a father; parantal kindness, care, etc.
- n. the benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father
“THE RULING Unity Party -- its executives, strategists as well as "foot soldiers" -- must be commended for exhibiting maturity and "fatherliness" over the electoral process, even though it was a tough frontrunner.”
“When you have the t bar covering the whole word it is a sign of protection, fatherliness.”
“There was a certain vulnerable kindliness about him, which made her wonder, startled, if she had ever realized what real fatherliness meant.”
“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.”
“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.”
“There was one thing about Rockford not compatible with his air of fond fatherliness: his eyes were hard, gray slate as they looked into”
“There was an insufferable suggestion of ripe old age and fatherliness in his attitude which she found irritating in the extreme.”
“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”
“Masked as ever in his suave exterior and his manner of mingled obsequiousness and fatherliness, he came instantly.”
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