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beget
used in Tom Jones

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Definition
to cause something — especially to make children
  • Very grave and good women exclaimed against men who begot children, and then disowned them.
    Book 1 (61% in)
  • "I don't know what is worse," cries Deborah, "than for such wicked strumpets to lay their sins at honest men's doors; and though your worship knows your own innocence, yet the world is censorious; and it hath been many an honest man's hap to pass for the father of children he never begot; and if your worship should provide for the child, it may make the people the apter to believe; besides, why should your worship provide for what the parish is obliged to maintain?
    Book 1 (17% in)
  • As sympathies of all kinds are apt to beget love, so experience teaches us that none have a more direct tendency this way than those of a religious kind between persons of different sexes.
    Book 1 (69% in)
  • I don't know whether we must keep them; but I am sure they must have been begotten here, for the wench hath not been nine months gone away."
    Book 2 (29% in)
  • First then, I desire you to answer me one question—Did not I beget her? did not I beget her? answer me that.
    Book 17 (24% in)
  • First then, I desire you to answer me one question—Did not I beget her? did not I beget her? answer me that.
    Book 17 (24% in)

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