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tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow
  relating to the relationship or appropriate to the relationship of children to their parents


genetics:  designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
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  • tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow
  • An F1 hybrid is the first filial generation of seeds/plants or animal offspring resulting from a cross mating of distinctly different parental types.
  • a mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage
  • She remembered the photo, and was sure of the figures in it, because it had always struck her as strange and wonderful, the fact that Mercer, who was sixteen at the time, was leaning his head on his mother’s shoulder, in an unguarded expression of filial love.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • Her daughters’ distance was an ever-deepening disappointment to her (even if she never really expected them to be perfectly embracing and filial), and though she rarely spoke of it, I know now it was one of the reasons why she was so willing to spend time with Sunny, and why any time was still better than none.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Dad blocked the door and filially, finally turned the knob that said "Start."
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Everyone was visibly moved by this show of filial devotion, except one man who uttered, "Why don’t that boy buy his own flowers?"
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Why, indeed; he does seem to have had some filial scruples on that head, as you will hear.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • What a shame of your mother, never to waken your filial regard for me!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • When I mingled with other families I distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate my lot was, and gratitude assisted the development of filial love.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein

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  • He caused the words Maison de ma Mere to be inscribed on the charitable institutions, thereby combining tender filial affection with the majestic benevolence of a monarch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was such a fake gesture to go along with her fake feelings of moral and filial commitment that she knew right away how foolish she seemed.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I know that the awful accusation struck not so much at my filial love as at the foundation of my new existence.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I had thought you mortals capable of filial affection, at least, and yet you seem to feel no loyalty toward Valentine your father.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "Well, then, if you felt so sure," replied the new-comer, putting his cane in a corner and his hat on a chair, "allow me to say, my dear Gerard, that it was not very filial of you to keep me waiting at the door."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • With his own ghostly voice he had exhorted me, on the sacred consideration of my filial duty and reverence towards him—who might reasonably regard himself as my official ancestor—to bring his mouldy and moth-eaten lucubrations before the public.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • None of them proved able to learn the alphabet beyond the letter B. They accepted everything that they were told about the Rebellion and the principles of Animalism, especially from Clover, for whom they had an almost filial respect; but it was doubtful whether they understood very much of it.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Her husband noticed, and thought it was the expression of a deep filial attachment which he had never suspected.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • In the course of nine years Monseigneur Bienvenu had, by dint of holy deeds and gentle manners, filled the town of D—— with a sort of tender and filial reverence.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "Monster! well dost thou deserve thy treacherous name," cried Cora, in an ungovernable burst of filial indignation.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Their youngest son, In filial regard to their memory, Places this stone.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • His bowed head, and her angel-face and filial duty, derived a more pathetic meaning from it than they had had before.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • There was in it, no doubt, filial devotion, domestic attachment; there was also the fascination of one spirit by another spirit.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Have you no religion, no morals, that you are so lacking in filial conduct?
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so important, to raise his hand as if to strike him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • While her mother was attacking her father, she tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial reverence would allow.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • In the resonance of this affection, and by way of setting it off, the poem touches on a vast diversity of relationships between men and women: love maternal and filial, love connubial and adulterous, seduction and concubinage, infatuation superhuman and human, chance encounters lyric and prosaic.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But Archer, meeting his eyes, saw the filial light under their banter.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • In the discharge of gentle offices and kind filial duties, this simple creature shone most especially.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He had known neither the pleasure of companionship with others nor the vigour of rude male health nor filial piety.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The Squire had laid down his knife and fork, and was staring at his son in amazement, not being sufficiently quick of brain to form a probable guess as to what could have caused so strange an inversion of the paternal and filial relations as this proposition of his son to pay him a hundred pounds.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • With the imminence of the wedding, Pietro Crespi had hinted that Aureliano Jose, in whom he had stirred up a love that was almost filial, would be considered their oldest child.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • But these were acts committed out of too much filial feeling, not too little.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He was gone before the bewildered girl could realize what it all meant, or adjust her filial sense to the new center of gravity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But what if there were something of the sort, a feeling of religious awe, if not of filial respect?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Whatever dignity or feeling of filial strength we may have known before December 1941 was lost, and we did not recover it until many years after the war, not until after Papa died and we began to come together, trying to fill the vacuum his passing left in all our lives.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Little Suzanne caught that look; the child’s sweet nature went out to the beautiful woman, scarcely older than herself; filial obedience vanished before girlish sympathy; at the door she turned, ran back to Marguerite, and putting her arms round her, kissed her effusively; then only did she follow her mother, Sally bringing up the rear, with a final curtsey to my lady.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • These are the times, when in his whale-boat the rover softly feels a certain filial, confident, land-like feeling towards the sea; that he regards it as so much flowery earth; and the distant ship revealing only the tops of her masts, seems struggling forward, not through high rolling waves, but through the tall grass of a rolling prairie: as when the western emigrants’ horses only show their erected ears, while their hidden bodies widely wade through the amazing verdure.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Still, Grand-mother’s welfare was his most important filial duty.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • And these leaden clouds that never part are apt to create impatience even in the filial affection that streams forth in nothing but tenderness and pity in the time of more obvious affliction.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Some men rarely revert to their father, but seem, in the bank-books of their remembrance, to have transferred all the stock of filial affection into their mother’s name.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The too vast orb of her fate had crushed her; and she had seen too many seasons, too many cities, too many men, for her abilities, and even with Cecil she was mechanical, and behaved as if he was not one son, but, so to speak, a filial crowd.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Babbitt answered modestly, almost filially.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She merely approached and stood at her father’s side without speaking, resembling a silent statue of filial affection.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • ’What a pleasant thing filial piety is to contemplate!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The poor girl found her account so completely in the exercise of her affections that the little tremor of fear that mixed itself with her filial passion gave the thing an extra relish rather than blunted its edge.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • "Alas!" replied Prince John, with a deep sigh of affected sympathy, "since your son was a follower of my unhappy brother, it need not be enquired where or from whom he learned the lesson of filial disobedience."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The mother’s eyes are not always deceived in their partiality: she at least can best judge who is the tender, filial-hearted child.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • ’tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father; But, you must know, your father lost a father; That father lost, lost his; and the survivor bound, In filial obligation, for some term To do obsequious sorrow: but to persevere In obstinate condolement is a course Of impious stubbornness; ’tis unmanly grief; It shows a will most incorrect to heaven; A heart unfortified, a mind impatient; An understanding simple and unschool’d; For what we…
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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