HyperDic: fatherliness

English > 1 sense of the word fatherliness:
NOUNattributefatherliness, paternal qualitythe benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father
English > fatherliness: 1 sense > noun 1, attribute
MeaningThe benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father.
Example"the gentleness and fatherliness of the strange old man eased her fears"
Synonympaternal quality
Attributespaternalcharacteristic of a father
Broaderparental qualityA quality appropriate to a parent
Spanishcualidad paternal, instinto paternal, paternalismo
Catalanqualitat paternal
Adjectivesfatherlylike or befitting a father or fatherhood

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