compaternity

noun
com·​paternity | \ ¦käm+ \
plural -es

Definition of compaternity

: the spiritual relation between the godparents of a child also : the spiritual relationship between godparents and the child's actual parents

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History and Etymology for compaternity

Middle English compaternite, from Medieval Latin compaternitas, from compater godfather, after Latin pater father: Late Latin paternitas paternity

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“Compaternity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compaternity. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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