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Synonyms for ancestor
ˈæn sɛs tər; esp. Brit. -sə stəran·ces·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, antecedent, rootnoun

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

    Synonyms:
    theme, rootage, radical, ascendant, antecedent, etymon, base, beginning, solution, origin, stem, root, source, tooth root, ascendent, forerunner, root word

    Antonyms:
    descendent, descendant

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ancestornoun

    Synonyms:
    forefather, progenitor, father

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ancestornoun

    Synonyms:
    forefather, progenitor, primogenitor, forbear

    Associated words:
    atavic, atavism, lineal, collateral, hereditary, heredity, genealogy, genealogist

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How to use ancestor in a sentence?

  1. Laurence J. Peter:

    Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.

  2. Stephanie Melillo:

    We used to think that A. anamensis gradually turned into A. afarensis over time, we still think that these two species had an ancestor-descendent relationship, but this new discovery suggests that the two species were actually living together in the Afar for quite some time. It changes our understanding of the evolutionary process and brings up new questions -- were these animals competing for food or space ?

  3. Steven Pinker:

    Ancestor worship must be an appealing idea to those who are about to become ancestors.

  4. Sam Giles:

    But what this animal tells us [is] that actually the last common ancestor of the two groups had lots of bone, so rather than sharks being primitive, sharks are actually very highly evolved in their own way, and just as highly evolved as we are.

  5. Elaine Ostrander:

    Because they are isolated, they retain whatever genetics was in their ancestor and great ancestors, the Patagonian sheepdog comes the closest to anything anyone has ever seen and that's what makes them so fascinating.


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