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adjective uh-vuhng-kyuh-ler /əˈvʌŋkyələr/
  1. In the manner of 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 obligations.
      1. kind, genial, benevolent and 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 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, personality would not blow up the world.
Etymology: avunculus, maternal uncle


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