from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who takes the place of a father in nourishing and rearing a child; a nurse's husband.

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  • n. a man who is a foster parent


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  • He was a sort of foster-father to the youth who startled the literary world with his brilliant and forceful prose, just as he amazed his associates by his freedom of thought and capacity for living.

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  • The foster-father has since been arrested, although police are continuing to search for his wife.

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  • The child's foster-father claims she had been bought for about $20 from a worker at a hospital devastated in the disaster, which killed over 30,000 people.

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  • Coached by my ambitious foster-father, I had a considerable array of compelling arguments at my disposal.

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  • And then he sat on the bed and we had a nice little chat, uncle and nephew, foster-father to foster-son.

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  • It is eminently fitting that St. Joseph, a working man who became the foster-father of Christ and patron of the universal Church, should be honored on this day.

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  • Wikipedia describes him - in perhaps the most untheologically PC way imaginable - as the ‘foster-father’ of Jesus.

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  • He was heart-sick over the change that had come to the beloved features of his foster-father.

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  • Today begins the nine-days of intensive prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster-father of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • From the foster care child routinely stripped naked, beaten and hung upside down in a closet for not performing oral sex well enough on his foster-father, to the independently wealthy child left to be sexually abused by others and physically and emotionally abused by her parents at home, the ability to parent isn't something that's inherent in parenting.

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