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The Great Gatsby
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  • There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked — and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts.
  • Sit down, Daisy," Tom’s voice groped unsuccessfully for the paternal note.

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as in: paternal grandmother Define
relating to a father; or characteristic of fathers
as in: paternal attitude Define
kindness and concern like that of a father -- sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
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