filial filial  /ˈfɪ li əl/


  1. (adj) designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
  2. (adj) relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring



  1. Victor has been the classic filial understudy.
  2. Some emphasized order above all: on filial piety, never disobey.
  3. The result is an edifying, wise, unclassifiable mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage.


  1. Our critic's selections for weekend films

    Before Midnight Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, the young strangers on a heady Viennese walkabout in 1995's Before Sunrise, the couple sharing a rueful Paris reunion in 2004's Before Sunset. Now they are partners, with twin girls, on vacation in Greece, and facing the everyday realities of a relationship, trying to balance careers with filial responsibilities. It's talky ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

  2. Frank Talk: Father’s Day Q-and-A

    As Father’s Day approaches, you may wonder whether a display of filial affection affirming your love and appreciation for dear old dad is preferable to any sort of tangible gift.  It’s not.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Peoria Journal Star


  1. "The family, founded on indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman, is the expression of this relational, filial and communal aspect of life. It is the setting where men and women are enabled to be born with dignity, and to grow and develop in...
    on Jul 9, 2006 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Zenit News Agency

  2. "The appeal is that your role is very clear and simple. Your relationship with everyone else is very clear and solid. That filial brotherhood more than made up for it. What they're really talking about missing is being part of a group like that....
    on Jun 18, 2010 By: Sebastian Junger Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal (blog)

  3. "I have been a headache for the South Korean government," Mr. Choi said. "But I am finally carrying out my filial duty to my father."
    on Jan 1, 2010 By: Choi Sung-yong Source: New York Times

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