Definition of Father figure

1. Noun. A man who takes over all the functions of the real father.

Exact synonyms: Father Surrogate
Specialized synonyms: Foster Father, Foster-father, Stepfather
Generic synonyms: Adult Male, Man

Definition of Father figure

1. Noun. someone that represents, behaves as, or is thought of as a father to another person or group of people. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Father Figure

father-bother merger
father-child relations
father complex
father figure (current term)
father figures
father in law
father lasher
father lashers
father longlegs
father of chapel
father surrogate

Literary usage of Father figure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. From Academia to Amicitia: Milton's Latin Writings and the Italian Academies by Estelle Haan (1998)
"Even more striking is Milton's presentation of Manso as a second father figure. In a sense, that paternal surrogacy inherent in Ovid and implied by Achilles ..."

2. Getting Off the Hook: Treatment of Drug Addiction and Social Disorders by Jurriaan Plesman (1986)
"Thus, the fact that I have no father figure in my childhood may not only explain my fear of authority figures, but could even aggravate my problems, ..."

3. Violence in South Africa: A Variety of Perspectives by Elirea Bornman, René Van Eeden, Marie Wentzel (1998)
"They had an authoritative father figure or perceived the father figure as such. They experienced guilt with regard to sexuality. Their overt aggression was ..."

4. Constructions of Childhood in the Ancient World by Kevin Glowacki, Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan (2008)
"In fact, the placement of a non-Roman child in the arms of a soldier may suggest the replacement of the captive (and dangerous) non-Roman father figure with ..."

5. Moon-O-Theism: Religion of a War and Moon God Prophet, Volume II of II by Yoel Natan (2006)
"In this structure, Allah the moon-god still had to relate positively with the other astral gods as though he were a father figure. ..."

6. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1854)
"... —and favored not a little by the difference of their physical constitutions. The fine proportions of my father's figure, and his great manly beauty, ..."

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