Word Groups - 38

Group 1: Words related to Family
The most important part of one's personal life is one's family. Considering the importance of a family unit and the multifarious roles available under the wide umbrella of the human family, the English language has a dedicated set of words to take care of this important function in human life. A list of 25 'family-related' words is given below:
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  • Ancestor: predecessor in family
  • Care-giver: a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
  • Foster child: a child raised by someone who is not its natural or adoptive parent.
  • Foster parent: a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child.
  • Fraternal: of or befitting a brother or brothers; brotherly.
  • Heir: a person who inherits or has a right of inheritance in the property of another following the latter's death.
  • Hereditary: descending or capable of descending to succeeding generations by inheritance, derived from one's ancestors; traditional:
  • Infant: a child during the earliest period of its life, especially before he or she can walk; baby.
  • Juvenile: young, youthful, or immature, suitable or designed for young people.
  • Kin: kindred of the same family; related; akin.
  • Kinship: family relationship
  • Kith: blood relative
  • Lineage: Direct descent from a particular ancestor; ancestry.
  • Matriarch: A woman who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
  • Matrimony: the state of being married; marriage:
  • Nuptial: of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony
  • Offspring: children or young of a particular parent or progenitor.
  • Paternal: Relating to or characteristic of a father or fatherhood; fatherly.
  • Patriarch: A man who rules a family, clan, or tribe.
  • Progenitor: a person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model; predecessor; precursor:
  • Progeny: The immediate descendants of a person
  • Sibling: A person's brother or sister
  • Spouse: A person's partner in marriage
  • Surrogate mother: A woman who bears a child for a couple where the wife is unable to do so
  • Wedlock: The state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
Group 2: Words used for different types of Friends
All of us have friends, some we adore, some we like, some we appreciate and some we barely acknowledge. Keeping the above in mind, we have 15 such types of friends listed here:
  • Acquaintance: A relationship less intimate than friendship
  • Ally: An associate who provides cooperation or assistance
  • Amigo: A friend or comrade
  • Backer: Someone who provides financial support for some venture
  • Beau: A man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
  • Benefactor: A person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
  • Chum: A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
  • Cohort: A company of companions or supporters
  • Compadre: A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
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  • Companion: A friend who is frequently in the company of another
  • Comrade: A friend who is frequently in the company of another
  • Confidant: Someone to whom private matters are confided
  • Patron: Someone who supports or champions something
  • Sidekick: A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
  • Well-wisher: A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
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