Thus, like Michael Corleone, Abel is a man living with a paternal figure looming over his life.
And “Visiting”—about a father-son road trip to Narragansett, R.I.—is a prickly minuet of paternal longing.
His paternal grandfather and his father both served in the Air Force.
His paternal grandmother, an aristocrat, fled Russia at the time of the revolution.
Her paternal grandmother, her aunts, even her mother, thought it all had to be their fault.
"A true Christian only feels offenses to pardon them," he remarked, in his priestly and paternal character.
Within each family, there is a maternal and a paternal line.
Mr Ware, whom my father had not seen since the death of the good old gentleman, came down now to revisit his paternal seat.
The people live under a paternal monarchy "by right divine."
Who were her paternal grandparents, and what did they write?
paternal pa·ter·nal (pə-tûr'nəl)
Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood.
Received or inherited from a father.
Related through one's father.