Father

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  • Fr. (title given to priests)

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Father

  1. (Christianity) God, the father of Creation
  2. A title given to priests.
    Father Thomas was a good priest.
  3. One of the chief ecclesiastical authorities of the first centuries after Christ.
    the Latin, Greek, or apostolic Fathers
  4. One's father.
    I will only do what Father asks.
  5. (Wicca) One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca, representing a man, younger than the elderly Sage and older than the boyish Master.
    • 2002, A. J. Drew, Wicca for Couples: Making Magick Together, page 89
      ...and our Lord as Master, Father, and Sage.
    • 2003, A. J. Drew, Patricia Telesco, God/Goddess: Exploring and Celebrating the Two Sides of Wiccan Deity, page 38
      In respect to our Lord (God), these are the less known Master, Father, and Sage.
  6. (historical) A senator of Ancient Rome.
    • 1886, Victor Duruy, ‎John Pentland Mahaffy, History of Rome, page 275:
      Claudius put a stop to these executions, and the Conscript Fathers, repenting, placed Gallienus among the divi , — which was equivalent to the maintenance of his acts.
    • 1886, Wilhelm Ihne, Early Rome, page 37:
      When Romulus had left the earth and had become a god, the Fathers met together and appointed intermediate kings from the senate, to reign in turn each for five days, in the place of the king, till a new king should be chosen.
    • 1890, Robert Franklin Pennell, Ancient Rome from the Earliest Times Down to 476 A.D., page 9:
      His duties were to command the army, to perform certain sacrifices (as high priest), and to preside over the assembly of the Fathers of the families, which was called the Senate, i. e. an assembly of old men (Senex).

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