ancestor vs descendant

ancestor

Definitions

noun

  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Examples

Ray was knocking them down one by one, unlike his tragic ancestor who only knocked himself down.

An Iron Ancestor is a reanimated and iron - forged dead body possessed by a ghost.

This is not by any means the only instance of financial incompetence on the part of our various Scottish ancestors, nor indeed of the tendency to resort to violence, and those patterns offer surprisingly little reassurance from the genetic standpoint.

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descendant

Definitions

adjective

  1. going or coming down
  2. proceeding by descent from an ancestor

noun

  1. a person considered as descended from some ancestor

Examples

It is an Extended Family Tree - showing all the collateral branches of a family, i.e. all the descendants.

The ‘hammer’ and ‘anvil’ bones of the mammalian ear are descendants of these nubbins.

The sound is a direct descendant of old skool UK garage, the bumpy beats of yore with rubbery basslines and cutting edge sampling techniques, taking in everything from soul to electro to jazz to blue grass.

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