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progenitor
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition a direct ancestor (parent, grandparent, great grandparent, etc.)

or:

a predecessor, precursor, or early model of something

or:

someone who creates something
  • Yet the taste of the age, demanding whatever was elaborate in compositions of this kind, did not fail to extend its influence over our stern progenitors, who had cast behind them so many fashions which it might seem harder to dispense with.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (39% in)
  • I seem to have a stronger claim to a residence here on account of this grave, bearded, sable-cloaked, and steeple-crowned progenitor—who came so early, with his Bible and his sword, and trode the unworn street with such a stately port, and made so large a figure, as a man of war and peace—a stronger claim than for myself, whose name is seldom heard and my face hardly known.
    Introductory (15% in)

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