forebear

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Synonyms for forebear

a person from whom you are descended

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While the poor fellow was upon his knees I could see the tears run plentifully down my clergyman's cheeks, and I could hardly forbear myself; but it was a great affliction to us both that we were not near enough to hear anything that passed between them.
But I was a little comforted by a message from his majesty, "that he would give orders to the grand justiciary for passing my pardon in form:" which, however, I could not obtain; and I was privately assured, "that the empress, conceiving the greatest abhorrence of what I had done, removed to the most distant side of the court, firmly resolved that those buildings should never be repaired for her use: and, in the presence of her chief confidents could not forbear vowing revenge.
But 'tis the second time I have had special tickets to a show from beneath the bushes, and I cannot forbear my delight.
It has been very properly observed by different speakers and writers on the side of the Constitution, that if the exercise of the power of internal taxation by the Union should be discovered on experiment to be really inconvenient, the federal government may then forbear the use of it, and have recourse to requisitions in its stead.
You may be sure the royal children of Ev and their Queen mother were delighted at seeing again their beloved country; and when the towers of the palace of Ev came into view they could not forbear cheering at the sight.
Miss Bridget did not, however, suffer her to continue long in this doubtful situation; for having looked some time earnestly at the child, as it lay asleep in the lap of Mrs Deborah, the good lady could not forbear giving it a hearty kiss, at the same time declaring herself wonderfully pleased with its beauty and innocence.
It does not matter if it is a graveyard or a cemetery, it is always very well maintained At least it shows that forbears are held with respect and regard unlike here.
names of forbears they never knew and about whom they knew nothing who
But man's best friend appears to have followed our hunting forbears in order to live off the scraps.
Ironically, it was concocted by my least-favourite writer author Terry Deary, who has made a sadly successful career from mocking and ridiculing our past in his Horrible Histories, imposing distorted contemporary 'liberal' values on our forbears.
Salafis believe Muslims should return to the practices of their forbears.
Potter Edmund de Waal's inheritance of 264 netsuke from his uncle Iggie unlocked the remarkable story of his forbears and their art.
Heppner, who first appeared in Stratford in 2003, will be on hand for a week at the outset of the festival for a series of recitals, concerts and masterclasses, including a special salute to one of his great tenor forbears, Edward Johnson.
Europe has been engaged in a complex relationship with the Arabs and their immediate forbears throughout its history.
But the Jews are a special people, our forbears in faith - Christianity but a comparatively recent off-shoot of Judaism.