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Definition relating to the relationship of children to their parents
  • She tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow.
filial = child-to-parent
  • She knew neither filial nor romantic love.
  • filial = parent/child
  • Filial loyalty and love are cherished aspects of traditional Japanese culture.
  • filial = child-to-parent
  • An F1 hybrid is the first filial generation of seeds/plants or animal offspring resulting from a cross mating of distinctly different parental types.
  • filial = parent-to-child
  • 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
  • filial = child-to-parent
  • a mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage
  • But Archer, meeting his eyes, saw the filial light under their banter.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • 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
  • But what if there were something of the sort, a feeling of religious awe, if not of filial respect?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • There was something sublime, as well as much that was supremely touching, in this act of filial piety.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • In the discharge of gentle offices and kind filial duties, this simple creature shone most especially.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But these were acts committed out of too much filial feeling, not too little.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • 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
  • 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
  • What a shame of your mother, never to waken your filial regard for me!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Her husband noticed, and thought it was the expression of a deep filial attachment which he had never suspected.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • 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
  • Babbitt answered modestly, almost filially.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Dad blocked the door and filially, finally turned the knob that said "Start."
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • We pay a filial respect to the person of the Holy Father, but Rome has no authority here.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop

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