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as in: paternal grandmother Define
relating to a father; or characteristic of fathers
  • She is his paternal grandmother.
  • Her paternal traits include...

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  • He takes her to visit his paternal grandmother across town.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The captain’s tone was one of paternal disappointment.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • ...he had visited her in her paternal mansion.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Jody climbed to the top of the fence and hung his feet over and looked paternally down at the mare.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • It is a purely paternal feeling that I have for you.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Poor Folk
  • Raoul seized his father by the shoulders, by the neck, as he could, and embraced him so tenderly and so rapidly, that the comte had neither strength nor time to disengage himself, or to overcome his paternal emotions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  Ten Years Later
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as in: paternal attitude Define
kindness and concern like that of a father -- sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
  • The City Council means well, but they are too paternal. Adults should be allowed to make more of their own decisions without having to leave town.
  • Although they were not related, Juan took a paternal interest in the boy and offered him sound guidance over the years.

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  • Several white families live on the island in a paternalistic, but in many ways symbiotic, relationship with their neighbors.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • On the other hand, it failed to begin the establishment of good-will between ex-masters and freedmen, to guard its work wholly from paternalistic methods which discouraged self-reliance, and to carry out to any considerable extent its implied promises to furnish the freedmen with land.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • You will note that during the years of seventy and seventy-one, when specific restraints in production were self-imposed-I repeat, self-imposed-by these leaders of industry, the resulting economic recession was far less severe than in-slide twelve, please-the so-called paternalistic regulation of the marketplace by government interventionists.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Kroc was an inspiring, paternalistic figure who looked for people with "common sense,"
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The Army needs a lot of really grown-up men in the middle grades; it’s a paternalistic organization.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Paternalistic—we show our prejudice in our paternalism—we downgrade their dignity.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Much like Ken Monfort, Harold Swift ran the company founded by his father with a paternalistic concern for workers.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "You are still growing," Athos continued, with that charming and paternal interest felt by a grown man for a youth.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After

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  • It is a purely paternal feeling that I have for you.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Poor Folk
  • The young scholar rushed in great alarm to the paternal mansion.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • It would have implied that the Negro did not like to work for the white boss, that he felt he was not receiving just consideration and, inasmuch as most jobs that Negroes held in the South involved a personal, paternalistic relationship, he would have been risking an argument that might have led to violence.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
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  • Louie idolized Pete, who watched over him and their younger sisters, Sylvia and Virginia, with paternal protectiveness.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It has chiefly to do with my paternal grandmother, who was a shrunken little doll of an old lady approaching ninety when she told me about her slaves.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • My paternal grandfather—Philip—was a strict, aloof man.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Father’s brother or father’s father’s brother, if the relationship was on the paternal side her maiden name would be Westing.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • My paternal grandfather was known as Jacob the blacksmith, and our neighbor was Lansman the tailor.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Her paternal grandparents considered the trip a grand adventure, and had given her the very welcome gift of a check.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • 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.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • And he suddenly smiled, in an unexpected and tenderly paternal way.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • All manner of learning my boys take down, sir; the expense is never thought of; and they get paternal treatment and washing in.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Go, my son—go, my dear Gerard, and by your obedience to my paternal orders, or, if you prefer it, friendly counsels, we will keep you in your place.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Well, let me tell you that your revered paternal ancestor, Henry T., doesn’t even call it a ’Tux.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • His heavy face bore the benevolent, paternal smile that had always been his passkey and his trademark.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • … CYRANO: Paternal bounty, in a day, thou’rt sped!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • "A word to the wise, Harry," said Lockhart paternally as they entered the building through a side door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The Van Osburgh marriage was celebrated in the village church near the paternal estate on the Hudson.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The young scholar rushed in great alarm to the paternal mansion.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "And how came we to have you here?" asked the chaplain paternally.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • When Franz met McCandless, his long-dormant paternal impulses were kindled anew.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Hammond was looking at him in that patient, paternal way.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • By this time the collegian would be up with him, and he would paternally add,’What have you forgotten?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Which made her laugh, because he blessed by rote—pretending paternal emotion, which he did not feel just then.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He would be scrupulous about paying support; he just didn’t want anybody making him fight for his son in the name of paternal sentiments!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "Madame…" He confused and delighted her by kissing her brow with paternal warmth.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Look who’s getting all paternal, Leah thought wryly.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "Boy," he said, and smiled at me paternally over his glass, "that is a mystery."
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • [He offers his hand with paternal kindness to Lomax].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • For many years we have regularly trod the mud paths of the Taishan region to Shunshui, the hamlet in which Sheryl’s paternal grandfather grew up.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • My paternal grandfather and my aunts Dawn, Tawana, and Evelyn had all arrived to join our vigil.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Prusias smoothed the woman’s hair and whispered something in her ear with a kindly, paternal air.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I had never glimpsed in him a sliver of paternal instinct.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The galley, in coming, had stopped at one of the ports of Cyprus, and picked up a Hebrew of most respectable appearance, quiet, reserved, paternal.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • With a kindly, paternal air, Gridley also counseled him to "pursue the study of the law itself, rather than the gain of it," and not to marry early.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Booth’s paternal loathing has now been transferred to the president; it flared to full burn when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He told himself merely that his paternal affection was asserting itself quite against his will.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The paternal laugh was echoed by Joseph, who thought the joke capital.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • A couple of weeks after Enrique disappears, his paternal grandmother, Maraa, traverses Tegucigalpa to talk to Enrique’s relatives and Maraa Isabel.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He was in charge of the sanatorium, its highest authority—and Hans Castorp’s heart felt a restive longing for paternal authority.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • As for children, though I had always liked them I had never felt a tug of paternal impulse in myself.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • A hint to justices of peace, concerning the necessary qualifications of a clerk; with extraordinary instances of paternal madness and filial affection.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Instead of restoring the child to the seat, the man himself sat down, holding the boy against his own chest, rubbing his hand across the boy’s forehead paternally.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • The paternal entrance made a sensation of course; and Mr Chivery, touching his hat (in a short manner though) with his key, hoped he found himself tolerable.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • And did not all fathers, like my father, have the right to beat their children? A paternal right was the only right, to my understanding, that a man had to beat a child.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • This was the first time Morrel had ever so spoken, but he said it in a tone of paternal kindness, and Julie did not dare to disobey.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They sent him parcels, which, when opened, were found to contain the paternal soap and candles.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • —He pronounced these words with such a moving and paternal eloquence, while floods of tears ran down his aged cheeks, that it seemed to stem the torrent of my resolutions.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • His father, as he had often said to himself, was the more motherly; his mother, on the other hand, was paternal, and even, according to the slang of the day, gubernatorial.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • His father, as he had often said to himself, was the more motherly; his mother, on the other hand, was paternal, and even, according to the slang of the day, gubernatorial.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • His paternal grandfather, a former professor of European literature at Calcutta University, had read from them aloud in English translations when Ashoke was a boy.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The swivel alluded to in this work was buried and abandoned by the troops on this occasion, and it was subsequently found in digging the cellars of the authors paternal residence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I should strongly recommend you, paternally,—or, if you prefer it, as a friend,—to forget all about Rogojin, and, in fact, to stick to the family into which you are about to enter.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
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