ancestor vs descendant : Common Errors in English

About ancestor vs descendant

When Albus Dumbledore said that Lord Voldemort was “the last remaining ancestor of Salazar Slytherin,” more than one person noted that he had made a serious verbal bumble; and in later printings of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets author J. K. Rowling corrected that to “last remaining descendant.” People surprisingly often confuse these two terms with each other. Your great-grandmother is your ancestor; you are her descendant.

ancestor Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

descendant Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
  • (s) going or coming down
  • (s) proceeding by descent from an ancestor

ancestor in News

  1. Rex monument to Obama ancestor monument damaged

    Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton said she cried Monday when she saw how apparent vandalism had damaged a monument honoring an ancestor of First Lady Michele Obama.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Clayton News Daily

  2. Monument to Michelle Obama ancestor vandalized in Georgia

    ATLANTA, June 11 (UPI) -- A monument dedicated to an ancestor of first lady Michelle Obama was pushed off its foundation block by vandals, authorities in the town of Rex, Ga. said.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. Monument to Obama Ancestor Toppled

    Monument to ancestor of Michelle Obama pushed from foundation in suburban Atlanta        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: ABC News

descendant in News

  1. DNA tests say what about prince?

    Britain's royal family has long been taunted for its German roots, but now a more exotic lineage can be revealed after evidence emerged indicating that Prince William is the direct descendant of an Indian woman.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: CNN

  2. BRISTOL BITS: Manross family descendant wants to meet with local kin

    I received an e-mail through the Bristol Historical Society as the research committee chairman and it’s from a Manross family descendant, Elizabeth Dameron.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Bristol Press

  3. Descendant’s gratitude

    By Tribune-Review Descendant’s gratitude I would like to thank all of the Dollar Bank personnel who were involved in the project to repair the original lion sculptures ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

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