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Examples of forebear in a Sentence
His forebears fought in the American Civil War.
his forebears came to America on the Mayflower
Recent Examples of forebear from the Web
Its forebears include the Ferrari Dino GT, Chevrolet Corvette C3, Jaguar XJS, Toyota MR2 and Honda del Sol.
Whatever sociologists may say about football as a cult, many people alive today are not religious in the way their forebears were.
That movement includes people who have consistently chipped away at the top as well as the bottom of the barbarism of their forebears.
Missing out on the 2018 World Cup was about the failure of individual men to do what a quarter century of forebears found a way to achieve.
This dichotomy of a U.S. leader pledging to shape global conditions to ensure America’s prosperity and security without explicitly promoting its way of life is expected to distinguish Trump’s speech from those of his White House forebears.
In 1998, the family’s remains were reinterred, and those of Nicholas and Alexandra are now entombed with his forebears in the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg.
And honoring them along with their 18th-century forebears is why fighting the memorials to many decades of neo-Confederate propaganda is an act of historical fidelity and patriotism, not the product of liberal ideology.
Tens of millions of American citizens would not be here if their German, Irish, Italian, Polish and Scandinavian forebears had been required to speak English, have job offers, or demonstrate high-level work skills.
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Did You Know?
Forebear (also sometimes spelled "forbear") was first used by our ancestors in the days of Middle English. Fore- means "coming before," just as in "forefather," and -bear means "one that is" (not to be confused with the "-bear" in the unrelated verb "forbear," which comes from Old English beran, meaning "to bear or carry"). The "be-" of "-bear" is from the verb "to be" (or, more specifically, from "been," an old dialect variant of "be"). The "-ar" is a form of the suffix -er, which we append to verbs to denote one that performs a specified action. In this case the "action" is simply existing or being - in other words, "-bear" implies one who is a "be-er."
Origin and Etymology of forebear
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsfather, ancestor (also forbear), forebearer, forefather, grandfather, primogenitor, progenitor
Antonymsdescendant (also descendent)
Related Wordsantecessor, predecessor [archaic]; ancestress, foremother, grandmother, matriarch; grandsire [archaic], patriarch, sire [archaic]; ancestry, antecedents, roots
Near Antonymschildren, family, issue, lineage, offspring, posterity, progeny, seed, stock; daughter, heir, inheritor, scion, son, successor
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