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[fah-th er-hoo d] /ˈfɑ ðərˌhʊd/
the state of being a father.
fathers collectively.
the qualities or spirit of a father.
Origin of fatherhood
late Middle English
1350-1400; late Middle English faderhode; replacing Middle English faderheed. See father, -hood Unabridged
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  • The urge of his awakened instinct of fatherhood was strong upon him.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The fathers that now show what fatherhood was meant to be—they are legion.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • Perhaps he was rendered unhappy by the thought of fatherhood.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • And you must remember that it is that fatherhood of God which connotes the Brotherhood of man.

  • The fatherhood of God is the very key-note of the Christian view of life and of death.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
British Dictionary definitions for fatherhood


the state or responsibility of being a father
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fatherhood

early 14c., faderhade; see father (n.) + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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