birthright


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birth·right

 (bûrth′rīt′)
n.
1. A right, possession, or privilege that is one's due by birth.
2. A special privilege accorded a firstborn.

birthright

(ˈbɜːθˌraɪt)
n
1. privileges or possessions that a person has or is believed to be entitled to as soon as he is born
2. the privileges or possessions of a first-born son
3. inheritance; patrimony

birth•right

(ˈbɜrθˌraɪt)

n.
any right or privilege to which a person is entitled by birth.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.birthright - a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth; "free public education is the birthright of every American child"
heritage, inheritance - any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"
2.birthright - an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)birthright - an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)
inheritance, heritage - that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
3.birthright - personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
heritage, inheritance - any attribute or immaterial possession that is inherited from ancestors; "my only inheritance was my mother's blessing"; "the world's heritage of knowledge"

birthright

noun right, due, heritage, privilege, patrimony Freedom is the natural birthright of every human.

birthright

noun
1. A privilege granted a person, as by virtue of birth:
Law: droit.
2. Any special privilege accorded a firstborn:
Translations

birthright

[ˈbɜːθraɪt] Nderechos mpl de nacimiento (fig) → patrimonio m, herencia f
it is the birthright of every Englishmanpertenece por derecho natural a todo inglés, es el patrimonio de todo inglés
to sell one's birthright for a mess of pottagevender su primogenitura por un plato de lentejas

birthright

[ˈbɜːrθraɪt] ndroit m de naissancebirth sign n (= sign of the zodiac) → signe m de naissance
What's your birth sign?
BUT Vous êtes de quel signe?.birth weight n [newborn baby] → poids m de naissance

birthright

[ˈbɜːθˌraɪt] n (fig) → diritto di nascita
References in classic literature ?
Now, flanked by its dozen or more cottages, which were always filled with exclusive visitors from the "Quartier Francais," it enabled Madame Lebrun to maintain the easy and comfortable existence which appeared to be her birthright.
He ate burnt flesh when he would have preferred it raw and unspoiled, and he brought down game with arrow or spear when he would far rather have leaped upon it from ambush and sunk his strong teeth in its jugular; but at last the call of the milk of the savage mother that had suckled him in infancy rose to an insistent demand--he craved the hot blood of a fresh kill and his muscles yearned to pit themselves against the savage jungle in the battle for existence that had been his sole birthright for the first twenty years of his life.
What was his "mess of pottage" to the birthright that the other had preserved?
Where better could we leave him than at the altar before which he had first caught a glimpse of the glory of his birthright, and felt the drawing of the bond which links all living souls together in one brotherhood--at the grave beneath the altar of him who had opened his eyes to see that glory, and softened his heart till it could feel that bond?
In common honesty and common honour I must have gone at once to the stranger whose birthright had been usurped--I must have renounced the victory at the moment when it was mine by placing my discovery unreservedly in that stranger's hands--and I must have faced afresh all the difficulties which stood between me and the one object of my life, exactly as I was resolved in my heart of hearts to face them now!
By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers; it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are.
He, of course, made frantic struggles for freedom - the birthright of every Englishman, - and, in doing so (I learned this afterwards), knocked over George; and then George, swearing at Harris, began to struggle too, and got himself entangled and rolled up.
Tarzan's conscience was troubling him, which accounted for the fact that he compared himself to a weak, old woman, for the ape-man, reared in savagery and inured to hardships and cruelty, disliked to admit any of the gentler traits that in reality were his birthright.
Time and again he had wondered if he had acted wisely in renouncing his birthright to a man to whom he owed nothing.
Now they flew to their arms as to their birthright.
The joy of sincere work and worthy aspiration and congenial friendship were to be hers; nothing could rob her of her birthright of fancy or her ideal world of dreams.
She had failed to respond to this invitation merely because it was a little queer and imaginative--she, whose birthright it was to nourish imagination