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motherhood

[muhth -er-hoo d] /ˈmʌð ərˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a mother; maternity.
2.
the qualities or spirit of a mother.
3.
mothers collectively.
adjective
4.
having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable:
legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.
Origin of motherhood
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English moderhed. See mother1, -hood
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  • Her motherhood might be the mere figment of that kind colored girl's emotional fancy.

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
  • When some women were specialized for motherhood then there were surplus women.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Began my screed on the 'Joys of motherhood' for the 'Delineator.'

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • All the hope of the future rests upon this faith in motherhood.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Because of our ideals of individual liberty, this may not be achieved by taboo, ignorance or conscription for motherhood.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
British Dictionary definitions for motherhood

motherhood

/ˈmʌðəˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a mother
2.
the qualities characteristic of a mother
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Word Origin and History for motherhood
n.

1590s, from mother (n.1) + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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apple-pie-and-motherhood

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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