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forefather

noun
     
fore‧fa‧ther [countable usually plural]
1 the people, especially men, who were part of your family a long time ago in the past [= ancestor]
somebody's forefathers
What would our forefathers have thought?
2 someone in the past who did something important that influences your life today:
Two hundred years ago our forefathers established this nation.

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