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the founder of a family

person from an earlier time who contributed to the tradition shared by some group

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Grotius himself had been a most distinguished actor and sufferer in those important scenes of internal convulsion, and his work was first published very shortly after the departure of our forefathers from Leyden.
Let us cherish that spirit of harmony which prompted our forefathers to make the attempt, under circumstances more favorable to its success than, perhaps, ever occurred upon earth.
Preserve in all their purity, refine, if possible, from all their alloy, those virtues which we this day commemorate as the ornament of our forefathers.
The first stories which our forefathers told in the days long, long ago, and which were never written down, are lost forever.
In the reign of King John one of them was rich enough to give a manor to the Knights Hospitallers; and in Edward the Second's time your forefather Brian was summoned to Westminster to attend the great Council there.
Only by laying stone on stone with the cooperation of all, by the millions of generations from our forefather Adam to our own times, is that temple reared which is to be a worthy dwelling place of the Great God," he added, and closed his eyes.
For ages, from our forefather Adam to our own day, we labor to attain that knowledge and are still infinitely far from our aim; but in our lack of understanding we see only our weakness and His greatness.
He maintained that our forefathers should share equal responsibilities with the slave masters for the evils of the slave trade.
Our forefathers had a system of sea frontage conservation by planting trees that would withstand cyclones, storms and sea surges.
It defies belief that people that base their lives on belief could contemplate treating the spiritual legacy of their forefathers with such disrespect and disdain.
RE: Smoking ban will kill pubs (Your Say, April 4), J Hammond goes on about losing our freedom of choice, which our forefathers fought for.
Treasure sees her return to her Celtic roots - her forefathers were on the maiden voyage from Ireland to New Zealand in 1850 - and, indeed, there's plenty to please fans of Enya and Corrs.
When you actually read that your forefathers actually belonged to somebody, it is something that's fact; I can't hide from that fact,' he said.
Chinese architecture cannot claim an unbroken aesthetic culture, traceable back to the continent's forefathers, in the way in which Europe likes to mythologise its own urban history, and there's been no time for environmental planning standards to take root in the public consciousness.
Represent a man of dignity, like our forefathers,' he said (p.