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fore·fa·ther

 (fôr′fä′thər)
n.
1. An ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
2. A person who is from an earlier time and has originated or contributed to a common tradition shared by a particular group.

forefather

(ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə)
n
an ancestor, esp a male
ˈforeˌfatherly adj

fore•fa•ther

(ˈfɔrˌfɑ ðər, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
an ancestor; progenitor.
[1250–1300]
fore′fa`ther•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forefather - the founder of a familyforefather - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
patriarch - any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
2.forefather - person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"
predecessor - one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)

forefather

noun ancestor, father, predecessor, forerunner, forebear, progenitor, procreator, primogenitor They went back to the land of their forefathers.

forefather

noun
A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
Translations
esi-isä

forefather

[ˈfɔːrfɑːðər] nancêtre m

forefather

nAhn m, → Vorfahr m
References in classic literature ?
But the forefather of Jikiza sprang up behind him and pierced him through with a spear, and thus he became chief of the People of the Axe.
In the reign of King John one of them was rich enough to give a manor to the Knights Hospitallers; and in Edward the Second's time your forefather Brian was summoned to Westminster to attend the great Council there.
Only by laying stone on stone with the cooperation of all, by the millions of generations from our forefather Adam to our own times, is that temple reared which is to be a worthy dwelling place of the Great God," he added, and closed his eyes.
In accordance with this rule it may safely be assumed that the forefathers of Boston had built the first prison-house somewhere in the Vicinity of Cornhill, almost as seasonably as they marked out the first burial-ground, on Isaac Johnson's lot, and round about his grave, which subsequently became the nucleus of all the congregated sepulchres in the old churchyard of King's Chapel.
Could I have hoped to render it worthy of your patronage, the public would at once have seen the propriety of inscribing a work designed to illustrate the domestic antiquities of England, and particularly of our Saxon forefathers, to the learned author of the Essays upon the Horn of King Ulphus, and on the Lands bestowed by him upon the patrimony of St Peter.
But before I can resume my natural form, and take possession of the belongings of my forefathers, you must go out into the world and take service as a maidservant.
Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our posterity.
All the while the unhappy Altisidora was bewailing herself in the above strain Don Quixote stood staring at her; and without uttering a word in reply to her he turned round to Sancho and said, "Sancho my friend, I conjure thee by the life of thy forefathers tell me the truth; say, hast thou by any chance taken the three kerchiefs and the garters this love-sick maid speaks of?
Our forefathers, and those who were reckoned wise, were accustomed to say that it was necessary to hold Pistoia by factions and Pisa by fortresses; and with this idea they fostered quarrels in some of their tributary towns so as to keep possession of them the more easily.
That of Marignan, just at the point where one of my forefathers is offering his sword to Francis I.
Of that Edward Randolph," exclaimed Captain Lincoln, "who obtained the repeal of the first provincial charter, under which our forefathers had enjoyed almost democratic privileges
Among the passengers was John Winthrop, who had sold the estate of his forefathers, and was going to prepare a new home for his wife and children in the wilderness.