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1. An ancestor. See Synonyms at ancestor.
2. A person who is from an earlier time and has originated or contributed to a common tradition shared by a particular group.
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an ancestor, esp a male
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fore•fa•ther(ˈfɔrˌfɑ ðər, ˈfoʊr-)
an ancestor; progenitor.
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|Noun||1.||forefather - the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"|
ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, root - someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
patriarch - any of the early biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race
|2.||forefather - person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group; "our forefathers brought forth a great nation"|
predecessor - one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
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noun ancestor, father, predecessor, forerunner, forebear, progenitor, procreator, primogenitor They went back to the land of their forefathers.
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forefather[ˈfɔːrfɑːðər] n → ancêtre m
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