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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.
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forefather

(ˈfɔːˌfɑːðə)
n
an ancestor, esp a male
ˈforeˌfatherly adj
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fore•fa•ther

(ˈfɔrˌfɑ ðər, ˈfoʊr-)

n.
an ancestor; progenitor.
[1250–1300]
fore′fa`ther•ly, adj.
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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)
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forefather

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

noun
A person from whom one is descended:
Archaic: predecessor.
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Translations
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forefather

[ˈfɔːrfɑːðər] nancêtre m
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forefather

nAhn m, → Vorfahr m
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References in periodicals archive ?
Could this be a reason why Livingstone turns to the modernist voices of the past in the first place, in the quest some sort of forefatherly or foremotherly (whole, earthy) resonance that actually "takes place" or finds its postliminal ground?