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father figure

n.
An older man, often one in a position of power or influence, who elicits the emotions usually reserved for a father.
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fa′ther fig`ure


n.
a man who has or seems to have the qualities of an ideal male parent, inspiring in others the feelings and behavior typical of a child toward its father.
Also called fa′ther im`age.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.father figure - a man who takes over all the functions of the real fatherfather figure - a man who takes over all the functions of the real father
foster father, foster-father - a man who is a foster parent
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
stepfather - the husband of your mother by a subsequent marriage
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