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used in The Great Gatsby

2 uses
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kindness and concern like that of a father — sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
  • "Sit down, Daisy," Tom's voice groped unsuccessfully for the paternal note.
    p. 131.1
paternal = like a father
  • There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked — and there were men at New Haven who had hated his guts.
    p. 7.5
paternal = superior (like a father to a young child)
There are no more uses of "paternal" in The Great Gatsby.

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