Definition of founding father in English:

founding father


  • 1A person who starts or helps to start a movement or institution.

    ‘he was one of the founding fathers of criminology’
    • ‘The founding father of the American Reform Movement was Isaac Meyer Wise.’
    • ‘The founding fathers of the Indian nation were men of wisdom and insights.’
    • ‘The situation this day is in stark contrast to those experienced by the founding fathers of Southeast Asian countries.’
    • ‘No Caribbean leader since the founding fathers has presided over Caricom with the sagacity of Percival Patterson.’
    • ‘More important, however, he never became a founding father of republican institutions in the Old World.’
    • ‘Even if the building is now falling down, he was the most important architect of Europe since the founding fathers.’
    • ‘The founding fathers of Australia were undoubtedly of British or Irish origin.’
    • ‘It is therefore not entirely surprising that the founding father of New Historicism should produce a book about the fascinating power of Will, which also sees Shakespeare as a player of markets.’
    • ‘All should be expected to adhere to the letter and spirit of the document forged by our founding fathers and mothers.’
    • ‘There are even references to one of the school's founding fathers, Thomas Stanley, in the history play Richard III.’
    • ‘To be exposed to the wealth and breadth of choral harmony from at least two corners of the earth is a tribute to the founding fathers of the festival.’
    • ‘The wealth of Glasgow's founding fathers was mainly earned in foreign markets - be they in tobacco, textiles or shipping.’
    • ‘I have always wondered how the traditions of our founding fathers came to be and why it became socially unacceptable to wear attire that didn't follow strict cultural guidelines by gender.’
    • ‘Kanae Yamamoto was the founding father of the Japanese Sosaku Hanga art movement that came up at the beginning of the twentieth century.’
    • ‘He is regarded as one of the founding fathers of that nation.’
    • ‘Our Constitution, therefore, is a product of the philosophy and sacrifice of both our founding fathers and mothers.’
    • ‘Father's Day was the perfect day to pay such historic tribute to the founding fathers of the steelband movement.’
    • ‘In the meantime, your law partner joins an opposition party and becomes the Prime Minister, by drubbing the founding father of the party at the polls.’
    • ‘The founding fathers of the European movement had lofty aims in seeking to avoid ever again the terrible wars that have ravaged our continent in the past.’
    • ‘If there was one thing that the parliament's founding fathers in the Consultative Steering Group got wrong, it was the naming of parts.’
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    1. 1.1A member of the convention that drew up the constitution of the US in 1787.
      • ‘The Founding Fathers, it could be said, failed to do the same with firearms.’
      • ‘It's hard to imagine this proposal will get enough support to be added to the Constitution - fortunately the Founding Fathers made it extremely difficult to amend.’
      • ‘The Founding Fathers made amending the Constitution very onerous.’
      • ‘Reagan then described them as being akin to the Founding Fathers of the American Constitution!’
      • ‘The American Founding Fathers can be regarded as setting up a system of rules within which their successors have operated.’
      • ‘An amendment to the Constitution, as the Founding Fathers envisioned, is difficult to pass into law.’
      • ‘Our Founding Fathers no more trusted in the people always to do the right thing than they trusted in kings.’
      • ‘Few people today know that the Founding Fathers never intended for senators to be popularly elected.’
      • ‘However, this shift in balance was not what had been planned by the Founding Fathers and Congress has always been quick to re-assert its power.’
      • ‘Some have asserted that the Founding Fathers meant for the Constitution to be understood as a Christian document of governance for a Christian nation.’
      • ‘Farewell to the Founding Fathers of the Constitution.’
      • ‘The creation of the presidency was the linchpin of the work of the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.’
      • ‘By the last quarter of the nineteenth century, however, the barriers erected by the Founding Fathers were beginning to break down.’
      • ‘This war would disgust the American Founding Fathers such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.’
      • ‘By the same token, it is often stated that the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution based upon Christian principles.’
      • ‘While composing the Constitution of the United States of America the Founding Fathers had examples to hand that may have made them wary of the actions of crowds.’
      • ‘The Founding Fathers did not want to encourage democratic notions, or prematurely break from the apron strings of Britain.’
      • ‘Alas, what was advocated and formulated by the Founding Fathers is questioned and undermined today.’
      • ‘There can be little doubt that the Founding Fathers expected Congress to be the dominant institution of the US political system.’
      • ‘Can we tame political democracy a la our Founding Fathers in 1776 or will we allow it to devour us per Ancient Greece?’


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