fa-ther-hood / fä-thər-ho͝od
1. the state of being a male parent; the state of being a father
Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.
Naveen Jain, 1959 –
2. fathers as a group
The mission of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative is connecting children and fathers by actively engaging fathers in the education of children.
3. the essential characteristics, traits or spirit of a father
Our doctrine of equality and liberty and humanity comes from our belief in the brotherhood of man, through the fatherhood of God.
Calvin Coolidge, 1872 – 1933
4. Fatherhood, God, regarded as the first person of the Trinity
Somehow or other the Lord would provide, and all he had to do was to serve and trust Him and leave the rest to His Fatherhood.
From “George Muller of Bristol” by Arthur T. Pierson, 1837 – 1911