Usage examples for progenitor

  1. None of the great man's descendants have done anything to be particularly proud of since their remote progenitor signed the Declaration of Independence or governed a colony. – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  2. The fourth generation of Calthropes in Virginia maintained title to a portion of the York County grant, more than a century and a quarter, after the progenitor of the family came to the colonies. – Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century Jamestown 350th Anniversary Historical Booklet Number 17 by Annie Lash Jester
  3. In the year 1879 it took the title of the " International Association of the Congo," and for all practical purposes superseded its progenitor – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose
  4. The supposition's an insult to the popular intelligence- in other words, to me, sir, your Progenitor – Philistia by Grant Allen
  5. It was in fact his delight to feel himself a link in the chain of tradition- at once the successor and progenitor of scholars. – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. Whom leave you given him as progenitor – Lucky Pehr by August Strindberg
  7. The fruit of the wild Rose, which is so familiar to every admirer of our hedgerows in the summer, and which is the common progenitor of all Roses, is named Hips. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie
  8. The philosopher in the Phaedo who turns his gaze persistently from the confusing phantasmagoria of the senses to that realm of real existence, eternal and immutable, of which he has once had a vision, is really the distant progenitor of the sage of Stoicism, who cuts himself off from the external objects of desire, to find within a higher law, and the peace which springs from a life in harmony with the Reason of the world. – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  9. In Moscow he against his uncle's will left the army, continued the one whose memory and knowledge had been attested, and there he gathered around him a second society, of which he was the progenitor and the heart, if it be possible so to express it. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  10. But my progenitor is clever, and doubtless knows very well, whom to select as his tools. – The Autobiography of a Slander by Edna Lyall
  11. Is that," the remote progenitor of such wantonness audibly wondered, " your morality?" – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  12. The reader will think, I was young, perhaps, to be so far from home on such an occasion, but it happened in this wise: My excellent mother thought I had come out of the small- pox with some symptoms that might be benefited by a journey, and she prevailed on her father- in- law to let me be of the party when he left home to visit Boston in the winter of 1744- 5. At that early day moving about was not always convenient in these colonies, and my grandfather travelling in a sleigh that was proceeding east with some private stores that had been collected for the expedition, it presented a favourable opportunity to send me along with my venerable progenitor who very good- naturedly consented to let me commence my travels under his own immediate auspices. – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  13. He is often called my grandfather, although I have not yet been able to trace my descent in a direct line from so august a progenitor – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  14. It is a mixed history, in which their forefathers are alluded to; particularly their great progenitor the father of mankind. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) by Jacob Bryant
  15. With what concrete pangs of acute mental distress would this person ever behold his immaculate progenitor taking part in a similar sit- round game with an assembly of worthy mandarins, the one asking questions of meaningless import, as " Why did they Hangkow?" – The Mirror of Kong Ho by Ernest Bramah
  16. But each organism will still retain the general type of structure of the progenitor from which it was aboriginally derived. – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  17. I have since observed that he was only a degree worse than many other clerical readers, and that a strange and delightfully mistaken notion seems prevalent that the Bible must be read in a dreary and unnatural tone of voice, or with a sort of mournful monotony; it is intended as a sort of reverence, but I suspect that it often plays into the hands of my progenitor as it most assuredly did in the present instance. – The Autobiography of a Slander by Edna Lyall
  18. It is said that the progenitor or most important sire of this race was imported from Andalusia by Governor Robinson. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle
  19. The name of the man was Robert Colpitts, as far as we know the only one of the name to come out from the Mother Country, and the progenitor of all on this side of the Atlantic who bear the name. – The-Chignecto-Isthmus-and-its-first-settlers by Trueman, Howard
  20. As the embryo often shows us more or less plainly the structure of the less modified and ancient progenitor of the group, we can see why ancient and extinct forms so often resemble in their adult state the embryos of existing species of the same class. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others