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Pronunciation:  'burth`rIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
  2. [n]  a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth; "free public education is the birthright of every American child"
  3. [n]  an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by primogeniture)

BIRTHRIGHT is a 10 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: patrimony
 See Also: heritage, heritage, inheritance, inheritance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Birth"right`\, n.
Any right, privilege, or possession to which a person is
entitled by birth, such as an estate descendible by law to an
heir, or civil liberty under a free constitution; esp. the
rights or inheritance of the first born.

      Lest there be any . . . profane person, as Esau, who
      for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. --Heb. xii.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) This word denotes the special privileges and advantages belonging to the first-born son among the Jews. He became the priest of the family. Thus Reuben was the first-born of the patriarchs, and so the priesthood of the tribes belonged to him. That honour was, however, transferred by God from Reuben to Levi (Num. 3:12, 13; 8:18).

(2.) The first-born son had allotted to him also a double portion of the paternal inheritance (Deut. 21:15-17). Reuben was, because of his undutiful conduct, deprived of his birth-right (Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1). Esau transferred his birth-right to Jacob (Gen. 25:33).

(3.) The first-born inherited the judicial authority of his father, whatever it might be (2 Chr. 21:3). By divine appointment, however, David excluded Adonijah in favour of Solomon.

(4.) The Jews attached a sacred importance to the rank of "first-born" and "first-begotten" as applied to the Messiah (Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18; Heb. 1:4-6). As first-born he has an inheritance superior to his brethren, and is the alone true priest.

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