- a man embodying or seeming to embody the qualities of an idealized conception of the male parent, eliciting from others the emotional responses that a child typically has toward its father.
Origin of father figure
First recorded in 1930–35
Also called father image.
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Examples from the Web for father figure
Anyone who has been in the presence of a powerful boss, guru, or other father-figure knows how toxic this dynamic can be.The Shocking Scandal at the Heart of American Zen
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Young people away from home for the first time transferred their father-figure needs to Paterno.Why Penn State Fans Love Fired Coach Joe Paterno, Despite Child Abuse Scandal
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In the traditional yakuza, for an Oyabun (father-figure) to kill his own Kobun (child) would be unthinkable.Yakuza Goes Hollywood
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