puerility

puerility

[pyoo-uh-ril-i-tee, pyoo-ril-]
noun, plural puerilities.
1.
the state or quality of being a child.
2.
the quality of being puerile; childish foolishness or triviality.
3.
a puerile act, idea, remark, etc.: an inexcusable puerility.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin puerīlitās. See puerile, -ity

nonpuerility, noun, plural nonpuerilities.
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puerile (ˈpjʊəraɪl)
 
adj
1.  exhibiting silliness; immature; trivial
2.  of or characteristic of a child
 
[C17: from Latin puerīlis childish, from puer a boy]
 
'puerilely
 
adv
 
puerility
 
n

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puerility
mid-15c., from M.Fr. puérilité, from L. puerilitatem (nom. puerilitas) "childishness," from puerilis "childish, boyish," from puer "child, boy," from PIE *pu- "small, little, young" (cf. Skt. putrah "son, boy," Avestan puthra- "son, child;" cf. few).
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