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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Definitions for avuncular

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an uncle: avuncular affection.

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Citations for avuncular
They would naturally come to him with their little dilemmas and queries; avuncular, he would advise them and aid them in their London initiation. Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry, 2009
Other stuff I blanked on, but I'd pick up a letter from some poor lost soul and it stimulated some cortex in me--some deep avuncular impulse--and I rattled off advice to them, no problem. Garrison Keillor, Love Me, 2003
Origin of avuncular
Avuncular entered English in the early 1800s. It finds its roots in the Latin word for "a mother's brother," avunculus, diminutive of avus meaning "a forefather."
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