- Usually forebears. ancestors; forefathers.
Origin of forebear
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Examples from the Web for forebears
One imagines that the latest pope, a Jesuit, is familiar with the centuries of calumny that have been heaped upon his forebears.Thank God Pope Francis Is a Jesuit
March 16, 2013
Somewhere along the way, we have forgotten the lessons learned by our Victorian forebears.The Big Idea: How Commerce Spreads Contagion
January 18, 2013
For centuries, the forebears of men and women like Paul Peschkowsky were barred from citizenship and its rights.An Oscar Winner’s Secret History
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
October 14, 2010
The zebra is striped 356rather than spotted because its forebears wore stripes.The Blue Wall
Richard Washburn Child
You'll find it easy to trace the strong resemblance Frankie has to his forebears.Old Mr. Wiley
Fanny Greye La Spina
Like his forebears and contemporaries, he looked upon man as the real being.The Blind Spot
The trumpet-call of her forebears was in those stirring lines.Heroines of Service
Mary Rosetta Parkman
By the by, father, he says, that the grand old place once belonged to my forebears.The World Before Them
- an ancestor; forefather
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Word Origin and History for forebears
see forbear. Related: Forebearance; forebears.
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