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begotten

be·got·ten \ bi-ˈgä-tᵊn , bē- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of begotten

  • 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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begotten

adjective

Definition of begotten

: 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
often used in combination especially with ill
  • an ill-begotten scheme
  • "Today's guilty plea demonstrates the allure of financial gain, even if ill-begotten, sometimes overcomes the impulse to do what is right."
  • —David P. Gelios
— see also misbegotten

First Known Use of begotten

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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