(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. sire, forefather; founder, patriarch; priest, pastor; the Father, God. See ancestry, clergy, deity.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A male parent]
Syn. Sire, paterfamilias, progenitor, procreator, forebear, forefather, begetter, ancestor, male head of the household, dad*, daddy*, papa*, pa*, the old man*, the governor*, pappy*, pater*, pop*, pops*.
2. [An originator]
Syn. founder, inventor, sponsor, promoter, publisher, introducer, supporter, encourager, promulgator, author, creator; see also author 1 .
3. [A civic or tribal elder]
Syn. patriarch, city father, dean, Solon; see administrator , elder 2 .
4. [A priest, especially a Roman Catholic or Anglican priest]
Syn. pastor, ecclesiastic, parson, padre*; see priest .
5. [An important early Christian]
Syn. hermit, commentator, Gregory, prophet, martyr, patriarch, Doctor of the Church, apostolic father, anti-Nicene father.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. male parent dad, daddy, papa, pappy, pop, pa, *old man, parent, sire, head of the household, protector, forefather, progenitor, forebear. ''A man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.''—Franklin Clark. ''He who brings up, not he who begets, is the father.''—Bible. ''One ... is more than a hundred schoolmasters.''—George Herbert.
2. founder inventor, originator, author, architect, creator, sire, initiator, maker, producer.
sire, produce, beget, generate, procreate, engender, conceive, originate, create, invent, found.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. A male parent: sire. Informal: dad, daddy, pa, papa, pappy2, pop2. Slang: old man. See KIN. 2. A person from whom one is descended: ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, forebear, forefather, foremother, mother, parent, progenitor. Archaic: predecessor. See KIN, PRECEDE. 3. One that creates, founds, or originates: architect, author, creator, entrepreneur, founder2, inventor, maker, originator, parent, patriarch. See START. 4. A first form from which varieties arise or imitations are made: archetype, master, original, protoplast, prototype. See START. II verb 1. To be the biological father of: beget, breed, get, procreate, sire. See KIN. 2. To cause to come into existence: beget, breed, create, engender, hatch, make, originate, parent, procreate, produce, sire, spawn. Idiom: give birth (or rise) to. See MAKE.

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