father figure

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  1. 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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Related Words for father figure

substitute, surrogate

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