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The Fountainhead
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  • His heavy face bore the benevolent, paternal smile that had always been his passkey and his trademark.
  • He told himself merely that his paternal affection was asserting itself quite against his will.

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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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