• WordNet 3.6
    • n begetter a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father) "his father was born in Atlanta"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Begetter One who begets; a father.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n begetter One who begets or procreates; a father.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Begetter one who begets: a father: the agent that occasions or originates anything
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. begitan, to acquire. See Get.


In literature:

He has not yet been begotten, and in fact he is not begettable.
"The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" by Mark Twain
Begone, then: take flight, thou venomous hisser, thou lying worm, thou begetter of vipers!
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
My uncle says they're all slow begetters like.
"Actions and Reactions" by Rudyard Kipling
Therefore the begetter and the begotten are one in the Hand that holds them all.
"Red Eve" by H. Rider Haggard
It is a mystical estate, an apostolic succession, from only begetter to only begotten.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
They loved; and Love is the parent of endurance, the begetter of courage.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
She is valued first as a begetter of offspring, second as a domestic.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
As likely might his reasons bring me back, Like his begetter, from the house of death.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Neither am I the only begetter of the fancies I am about to set forth.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
In 1525 he completed his task and dedicated the book to its begetter, Pope Clement VII.
"Machiavelli, Volume I" by Niccolò Machiavelli

In poetry:

It seems to me – and this is no fraud –
A Tartar, squint, was one of my begetters,
That fierce Hun. And the infection’s fetters
Through length of ages, are my steady bond.
"Sonnet" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
All doors are flung open — in stable and in cowbarn;
Pigeons peck at oats fallen in the snow;
And the culprit of all this and its life-begetter—
The pile of manure — is pungent with ozone.
"March" by Boris Pasternak
They remember alien ardours and far futures
And the smiles not seen in happy features.
Their begetters call them from the gutters;
In the gardens unborn child-souls wail,
And the dead scribble on walls.
"The Roads Also" by Wilfred Owen