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begotten

[bih-got-n] /bɪˈgɒt n/
verb
1.
a past participle of beget.
Related forms
self-begotten, adjective
well-begotten, adjective

beget

[bih-get] /bɪˈgɛt/
verb (used with object), begot or (Archaic) begat; begotten or begot; begetting.
1.
(especially of a male parent) to procreate or generate (offspring).
2.
to cause; produce as an effect:
a belief that power begets power.
Origin of beget
1000
before 1000; Middle English begeten (see be-, get); replacing Middle English biyeten, Old English begetan; cognate with Gothic bigitan, Old High German bigezzan
Related forms
begetter, noun
Synonyms
1. spawn, sire, breed, father. 2. occasion, engender, effect, generate.
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  • Had they not begotten as many beings as the tree had begotten branches?

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Are they not all the works of his wisdom, born and begotten of him?

    Symposium Plato
  • There were thistles in everybody's crop, and after all it was a good thing to have begotten a girl.

  • Indeed, it is largely of their disputes that the mystery is begotten.

  • There for an hour or so in such agony of mind as is begotten only of suspense.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The pity was begotten of the love she had lately inspired in him.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • That entered into and mingled with the sensations his new experience had begotten.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • Then came the dismal thought of winter, begotten of the idea of fires.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for begotten

begotten

/bɪˈɡɒtən/
verb
1.
a past participle of beget

beget

/bɪˈɡɛt/
verb (transitive) -gets, -getting, -got, -gat, -gotten, -got
1.
to father
2.
to cause or create
Derived Forms
begetter, noun
Word Origin
Old English begietan; related to Old Saxon bigetan, Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan to find; see be-, get
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Word Origin and History for begotten
adj.

late 14c., past participle adjective from beget.

beget

v.

Old English begietan "to get by effort, find, acquire, attain, seize" (class V strong verb, past tense begeat, past participle begeaton), from be- + get (v.). Sense of "to procreate" is from c.1200. Related to Old High German pigezzan, Gothic bigitan "to get, obtain." Related: Begot; begotten.

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