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GOD'F`ATHER, n. The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the catholic church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited.

GOD'F`ATHER, v.t. To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care.




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GOD'F`ATHER, n. The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the catholic church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited.

GOD'F`ATHER, v.t. To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care.


GOD'FA-THER, n. [Sax. god and f├Žder. The Saxons used also godsibb, good relation.]

The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the Christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the Romish church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the Church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited. Encyc.


GOD'FA-THER, v.t.

To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care. Burke.


God"fa`ther
  1. A man who becomes sponsor for a child at baptism, and makes himself a surety for its Christian training and instruction.

    There shall be for every Male-child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers; and Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it is desired. Book of Common Prayer (Prot. Episc. Ch., U. S. ).

  2. To act as godfather to; to take under one's fostering care.

    [R.] Burke.
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Godfather

GOD'F'ATHER, noun The man who is sponsor for a child at baptism, who promises to answer for his future conduct and that he shall follow a life of piety, by this means laying himself under an indispensable obligation to instruct the child and watch over his conduct. This practice is of high antiquity in the christian church, and was probably intended to prevent children from being brought up in idolatry, in case the parents died before the children had arrived to years of discretion. In the catholic church the number of godfathers and godmothers is reduced to two; in the church of England, to three; but formerly the number was not limited.

GOD'F'ATHER, verb transitive To act as godfather; to take under one's fostering care.

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SUCH, a.

1. Of that kind; of the like kind. We never saw such a day; we have never had such a time as the present.

It has as before the thing to which it relates. Give your children such precepts as tend to make them wiser and better.

It is to be noted that the definitive adjective a, never precedes such, but is placed between it and the noun to which it refers; as such a man; such an honor.

2. The same that. This was the state of the kingdom at such time as the enemy landed.

3. The same as what has been mentioned.

That thou art happy, owe to God;

That thou continu'st such, owe to thyself.

4. Referring to what has been specified. I have commanded my servant to be at such a place.

5. Such and such, is used in reference to a person or place of a certain kind.

The sovereign authority may enact a law, commanding such and such an action.

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HANG, v.t. pret. and pp. hanged or hung.

1. To suspend; to fasten to some fixed object above, in such a manner as to swing or move; as, to hang a thief. Pharaoh hanged the chief baker. Hence,

2. To put to death by suspending by the neck.

Many men would rebel, rather than be ruined; but they would rather not rebel than be hanged.

3. To place without any solid support or foundation.

He hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job.36.

4. To fix in such a manner as to be movable; as, to hang a door or grate on hooks or by butts.

5. To cover or furnish by any thing suspended or fastened to the walls; as, to hang an apartment with curtains or with pictures.

Hung by the heavens with black--

And hung thy holy roofs with savage spoils.

To hang out, to suspend in open view; to display; to exhibit to notice; as, to hang out false colors.

1. To hang abroad; to suspend in the open air.

hang over, to project or cause to project above.

To hang down, to let fall below the proper situation; to bend down; to decline; as, to hand down the head, and elliptically, to hang the head.

To hang up, to suspend; to place on something fixed on high.

1. To suspend; to keep or suffer to remain undecided; as, to hang up a question in debate.

HANG, v.i. To be suspended; to be sustained by something above, so as to swing or be movable below.

1. To dangle; to be loose and flowing below.

2. To bend forward or downward; to lean or incline.

His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder hung.

3. To float; to play.

And fall those sayings from that gentle tongue,

Where civil speech and soft persuasion hung.

4. To be supported by something raised above the ground; as a hanging garden on the top of a house.

5. To depend; to rest on something for support. This question hangs on a single point.

6. To rest on by embracing; to cling to; as, to hang on the neck of a person.

Two infants hanging on her neck.

7. To hover; to impend; with over.

View the dangers that hang over the country.

8. To be delayed; to linger.

A noble stroke he lifted high,

Which hung not.

9. To incline; to have a steep declivity; as hanging grounds.

10. To be executed by the halter.

Sir Balaam hangs.

To hang fire, in the military art, is to be slow in communicating, as fire in the pan of a gun to the charge.

To hang on, to adhere to, often as something troublesome and unwelcome.

A cheerful temper dissipates the apprehensions which hang on the timorous.

1. To adhere obstinately; to be importunate.

2. To rest; to reside; to continue.

3. To be dependent on.

How wretched

Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors!

4. In seamen's language, to hold fast without belaying; to pull forcibly.

To hang in doubt, to be in suspense, or in a state of uncertainty.

Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee. Deut.28.

hang together, to be closely united; to cling.

In the common cause we are all of a piece; we hang together.

1. To be just united, so as barely to hold together.

To hang on or upon, to drag; to be incommodiously jointed.

Life hangs upon me and becomes a burden.

To hang to, to adhere closely; to cling.

HANG, n. A sharp declivity.

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