ancestor vs descendant :

ancestor or 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.

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Definitions

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

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