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Definition to cause something — especially to make children
  • Frustration begets anger.
  • Both science and religion beget humility.
    Hugh B. Brown  --  An Abundant Life
  • Christians believe Jesus was God's only begotten Son.
    Roman Catholic Church - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently. For in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
    William Shakespeare
  • A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
    Bertrand de Jouvenal
  • Ideas beget ideas.
    London, Jack  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • In his truthful simple soul, not even the growing greed and worship of gold could beget any vice directly injurious to others.
    Eliot, George  --  Silas Marner
  • That those whom you call'd fathers did beget you.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry V
  • This would occasion distinctions, preferences, and exclusions, which would beget discontent.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • Instability begets instability.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • begets = causes
  • How then could he have begotten a son like Nwoye, degenerate and effeminate?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • begotten = fathered (produced through sexual reproduction)
  • But two years later when a son was born he called him Nwofia— "Begotten in the Wilderness."
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • begotten = fathered (produced through sexual reproduction)
  • How could he have begotten a woman for a son?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • begotten = fathered (produced through sexual reproduction)
  • Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • begets = produces
  • Do you know how many children I have buried—children I begot in my youth and strength?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • begot = fathered (produced through sexual reproduction)
  • Chaos begets chaos.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • begets = causes
  • And remember this, boys, God did not send His only begotten Son to hang on the cross so that ye can go around on yeer First Communion day with the paws clutching for The Collection.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • begotten = made
  • We are stillborn, and for generations past have been begotten, not by living fathers, and that suits us better and better.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • This animal, this thing begotten in a bed, could look on Him.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • In so many ways, his family's life feels like a string of accidents, unforeseen, unintended, one incident begetting another.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake

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