- pater patriae,
- pater, walter horatio,
Origin of paternal
Examples from the Web for paternal
Thus, like Michael Corleone, Abel is a man living with a paternal figure looming over his life.
Barrett had chanced to place a paternal hand on her head as he passed the microphone to the student next to her.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap|Michael Daly|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The older brother, Henry McCollum, had come to embrace the real killer as a paternal figure.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat|Michael Daly|September 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His paternal grandfather and his father both served in the Air Force.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl|Michael Daly|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is least accepted when it is cold, challenging, and hierarchical: in other words, paternal - or in other other words, military.
The kindred of Mrs. Washington alike share his solicitudes, paternal care, and constant kindness.Washington in Domestic Life|Richard Rush
The young man stood still where he was, bewildered by this prodigy of paternal love.The Brotherhood of Consolation|Honore de Balzac
The people live under a paternal monarchy "by right divine."Appearances|Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
He entertained no paternal affection either for his own son Drusus, or his adopted son Germanicus.The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete|C. Suetonius Tranquillus
A blight of the same kind can be traced to the attempt of the state to play the paternal rôle.
Word Origin for paternal
early 15c., from Old French paternal "of a father" (12c.), from Medieval Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus "of a father, fatherly," from pater (see father (n.)).