2. [syn: birthright, patrimony]
3. personal characteristics that are inherited at birth;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Birthright \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth;
"free public education is the birthright of every American
2: an inheritance coming by right of birth (especially by
primogeniture) [syn: birthright, patrimony]
3: personal characteristics that are inherited at birth
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
52 Moby Thesaurus words for "birthright":
appanage, appurtenance, authority, bequeathal, bequest,
borough-English, claim, coheirship, conjugal right, coparcenary,
demand, divine right, droit, due, entail, faculty, gavelkind,
heirloom, heirship, hereditament, heritable, heritage, heritance,
inalienable right, incorporeal hereditament, inheritance, interest,
law of succession, legacy, line of succession, mode of succession,
natural right, patrimony, perquisite, postremogeniture, power,
prerogative, prescription, presumptive right, pretense, pretension,
primogeniture, privilege, proper claim, property right, reversion,
right, succession, title, ultimogeniture, vested interest,
Easton's 1897 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
(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