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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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English moderhed. See mother1, -hood
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Examples for motherhood
  • Anna believed that her student schedule worked fairly well with motherhood.
  • My belief in the impossibility of motherhood at this early stage in my career was not entirely of my own making.
  • Financially there may be long-term benefits to early motherhood.
  • For the writer, winter is a backdrop to perilous stories of birth and the radiant exhaustion of new motherhood.
  • Indeed, it has become the motherhood and apple pie of development economics-which makes.
  • Simply put,employers preferred the possible loss of an employee to motherhood over an uneducated but committed minority candidate.
  • The focus is on fitness, health and nutrition, and pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Bella takes on the responsibilities of marriage and motherhood.
  • The younger writers are obsessed with motherhood and monogamy.
  • In our culture, milk often serves as a metaphor for kindness, and motherhood embodies both.
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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for motherhood

motherhood

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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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