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birthright Syllabification: birth·right
Pronunciation: /ˈbərTHˌrīt/

Definition of birthright in English:


1A particular right of possession or privilege one has from birth, especially as an eldest child.
Example sentences
  • Being the good brother he is, Jacob offers Esau some lentil soup - on one condition: Esau has to forgo his birthright and inheritance as eldest son.
  • The birthright is the prerogative of the eldest son.
  • For the one got possession of the birthright, and the other transferred the wealth of the Egyptians to the host of the Israelites.
patrimony, inheritance, heritage;
right, due, prerogative, privilege;
1.1A natural or moral right, possessed by everyone: she saw a liberal education as the birthright of every child
More example sentences
  • Which will leave hundreds of thousands of football fans deprived of their natural birthright: when in doubt, blame the ref.
  • It is by now, they feel, a simple birthright, as natural as the air they breathe.
  • Winning national championships is not their birthright, and everyone's going to survive if Duke were to somehow have a few back-to-back 15-loss seasons.
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