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Definition a direct ancestor (parent, grandparent, great grandparent, etc.)


a predecessor, precursor, or early model of something


someone who creates something
  • Viruses tend to be resistant to vaccines that worked against their progenitors.
  • Blues music was the progenitor of early rock.
  • It was the progenitor of a many more sophisticated computer viruses.
  • But Nalasu had been famous as a great fighter, as well as having been the progenitor of three such warlike sons.
    London, Jack  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • You'd better hurry up and cut the umbilical cord to your mortal progenitor.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • This awful monster, confined by good fortune to the interior of the earth, was the progenitor of the hideous monster of Africa.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • This was an historical pageant, representing the King's immediate progenitors.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Fancy might have regarded the act as the recrudescence of a trick in which her armed progenitors were not unpractised.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • And he remembered with a start the agony of toil and peril Venters had endured bringing the progenitors of this stock into the valley.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • For this reason, the Jews in France considered Magdalene sacred royalty and revered her as the progenitor of the royal line of kings.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It is evident that on this point the Americans are very superior to their progenitors the English.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • You are sure that your English progenitor was great, Dickon, whatever his profession might have been?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • To whom our great progenitor.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • There was no religiosity in his reverence for the supreme powers of heaven and earth, which he worshipped as his progenitors.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • They make shift to live merely by conformity, practically as their fathers did, and are in no sense the progenitors of a noble race of men.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • When my progenitor was an old man, along came one of these missionary priests from New Spain, begging.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • For a very long period after the witchcraft delusion, however, the Maules had continued to inhabit the town where their progenitor had suffered so unjust a death.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Which was fine with me, because after all who did I think I was, showing up in a limousine, picking a lock, and then claiming to be the progenitor of a famous writer?
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Even philosophers have their preferences, and it must be admitted that of his progenitors his father ministered most to his sense of the sweetness of filial dependence.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Even philosophers have their preferences, and it must be admitted that of his progenitors his father ministered most to his sense of the sweetness of filial dependence.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2

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