fatherless


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fa·ther·less

 (fä′thər-lĭs)
adj.
1. Having no living father.
2. Having no known father.

fa′ther·less·ness n.
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fatherless

(ˈfɑːðəlɪs)
adj
having no father
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fatherless - having no living father
parentless, unparented - having no parent or parents or not cared for by parent surrogates
2.fatherless - not having a known or legally responsible father
illegitimate - of marriages and offspring; not recognized as lawful
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Translations

fatherless

[ˈfɑːðəlɪs] ADJhuérfano de padre
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

fatherless

[ˈfɑːðərləs] adj [child] → sans père
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

fatherless

[ˈfɑːðəlɪs] adjorfano/a di padre
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

fatherless

n. huérfano-a de padre.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
He recalled the promises to the widow and the fatherless, and asked God to smooth the way before this widow and her children, and to `incline the hearts of men to deal justly with her.' In closing, he said we were leaving Mr.
Alone, she had faced the trial of telling the daughters that they were fatherless. Alone, she now struggled to sustain them, when the dreadful certainty of their bereavement was at last impressed on their minds.
This fit of wandering past, he solemnly commended them to One who never deserted the widow or her fatherless children, and, smiling gently on them, turned upon his face, and observed, that he thought he could fall asleep.
But my dear husband forgot all this usage, and the moment we were become fatherless he immediately renewed his addresses to me so warmly, that I, who always liked, and now more than ever esteemed him, soon complied.
This endurance made old Earnshaw furious, when he discovered his son persecuting the poor fatherless child, as he called him.
She would not, she declared, lose money that belonged to her fatherless boy; "If none of the rest of you dare," she said, "Jim and I dare.
"You've got it, Jessie; and, with you to help me, I hope to make the child feel that she is not quite fatherless and motherless."
Hope and keep busy, and whatever happens, remember that you never can be fatherless."
"for that day shall burn as an oven: and he shall appear as a swift witness against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger in his right: and he shall break in pieces the oppressor."
He has done generous by these yer poor little lambs that he loved and sheltered, and that's left fatherless and motherless.
Not half an hour, nay, barely a minute ago, I saw myself lord of kings and emperors, with my stables filled with countless horses, and my trunks and bags with gay dresses unnumbered; and now I find myself ruined and laid low, destitute and a beggar, and above all without my ape, for, by my faith, my teeth will have to sweat for it before I have him caught; and all through the reckless fury of sir knight here, who, they say, protects the fatherless, and rights wrongs, and does other charitable deeds; but whose generous intentions have been found wanting in my case only, blessed and praised be the highest heavens!
To-night these thousand slept their healthy sleep, to-morrow they, and many others with them, ourselves perhaps among them, would be stiffening in the cold; their wives would be widows, their children fatherless, and their place know them no more for ever.