begotten

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

Definition of begotten

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

begotten

adjective

Definition of begotten (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

First Known Use of begotten

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Begotten.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/begotten. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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