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BROTHER, domest. relat. He who is born from the same father and mother with another, or from one of them only.
     2. Brothers are of the whole blood, when they are born of the same father and mother, and of the half blood, when they are the issue of one of them only.
     3. In the civil law, when they are the children of the same father and mother, they are called brothers germain; when they descend from the same father, but not the same mother, they are consanguine brothers; when they are the issue of the same mother, but not the same father, they are uterine brothers. A half brother, is one who is born of the same father or mother, but not of both. One born of the same parents before they were married, a left-sided brother; and a bastard born of the same father or mother, is called a natural brother. Vide Blood; Half-blood; Line; and Merl. Repert. mot Frere; Dict. de Jurisp. mot Frere; Code, 3, 28, 27 Nov. 84, praef; Dane's Ab. Index, h. t.

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But wherever ye would ascend with me, O my brethren, take care lest a PARASITE ascend with you!
A prelude am I to better players, O my brethren! An example!
For the worthier foe, O my brethren, shall ye reserve yourselves: therefore must ye pass by many a one,--
For, my brethren, the best shall rule, the best also WILLETH to rule!
Not only to propagate yourselves onwards but UPWARDS--thereto, O my brethren, may the garden of marriage help you!
O my brethren, not long will it be until NEW PEOPLES shall arise and new fountains shall rush down into new depths.
O my brethren! With whom lieth the greatest danger to the whole human future?
O my brethren, into the hearts of the good and just looked some one once on a time, who said: "They are the Pharisees." But people did not understand him.
BREAK UP, BREAK UP, I PRAY YOU, THE GOOD AND JUST!--O my brethren, have ye understood also this word?
O my brethren, when I enjoined you to break up the good, and the tables of the good, then only did I embark man on his high seas.
Keep yourselves up betimes, my brethren, learn to keep yourselves up!
O my brethren; thus do I ask you: are ye then not--my brethren?