fatherliness fatherliness

Definition(s):

  • (n) the benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father

Usage(s):

  1. Only Oona survived O'Neill's catastrophic fatherliness, which seemed to consist of a month of misleading warmth and charm followed by years of neglect, or hostility.
  2. If the idyllic life he envisions for his tenants has more than a bearable streak of treacle, it is hard to cavil at the squire's well-meant fatherliness.
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