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be·​got·​ten bi-ˈgä-tᵊn How to pronounce begotten (audio)

past participle of beget

There is no killing the suspicion that deceit has once begotten.George Eliot
This small, austerely decorated restaurant on the unfashionable end of Melrose Avenue has begotten a second establishment …Jean T. Barrett


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: brought into existence by or as if by a parent
"He didn't send his only begotten son through a whirlwind …"Jesse Jackson
… she was also a self-absorbed alcoholic with a penchant for promiscuous infidelity and scant interest in such minor matters as her only begotten child.Deborah Orr
see also misbegotten, ill-begotten

Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of begotten was in the 14th century

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“Begotten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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