Definition of avuncular
From Latin avunculus ("maternal uncle").
- (UK) IPA: /əˈvʌŋkjʊlə/, SAMPA: /@"vVN.kjU.l@/
- (US) IPA: /əˈvʌŋkjʊlɚ/
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avuncular (comparative more avuncular, superlative most avuncular)
- In the manner of an uncle, pertaining to an uncle.
* David Nokes, Jane Austen: A Life
Both uncle Frank and uncle Stephen Austen had made it a point of principle to be rigorously unsentimental in the discharge of their avuncular obligations.
- Hence, kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant.
* Vicki Croke, "New leader of the MSPCA moves to tame budget woes," Boston Globe, September 20, 2003
Thornton's reputation was that of a soft-hearted and avuncular veterinarian known for getting teary-eyed while listening to even slightly sentimental stories.
* William Schneider, "The New Shape of American Politics," The Atlantic, January 1987
A man with such a nice, avuncular personality would not blow up the world.
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