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  • And he suddenly smiled, in an unexpected and tenderly paternal way.
  • And even those who did see it would not have been much stimulated by it, for what had they to do with Raevski’s tender paternal feelings when their own skins were in danger?

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  • A paternal administration, chosen from among yourselves, will form your municipality or city government.
  • He felt that what he now said and did would be historical, and it seemed to him that it would now be best for him—whose grandeur enabled his son to play stick and ball with the terrestrial globe—to show, in contrast to that grandeur, the simplest paternal tenderness.
  • Inhabitants of the city and villages, and you, workingmen and artisans, to whatever nation you belong, you are called on to carry out the paternal intentions of His Majesty the Emperor and King and to co-operate with him for the public welfare!

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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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