infantilism infantilism

Definition(s):

  1. (n) an abnormal condition in which an older child or adult retains infantile characteristics
  2. (n) infantile behavior in mature persons

Usage(s):

  1. The singer, repeating the goofy oaths Mamma mia and My, my, retreats into a kind of poignant infantilism of emotional dependence: Mamma mia, now I really know.
  2. Her infantilism grew less appropriate and profitable.
  3. The book is an account of how Author O'Connor developed out of precocious childhood into a state of adult infantilism bordering on lunacy.

News

  • Weiner’s wife

    What exactly did Anthony Weiner do? Let me count the ways. First, it’s virtual adultery and his texting show a sexual infantilism, they’re sophomoric and dare I say childlike. Read the texts, they’re pathetic. …
    on July 27, 2013     Source: WPIX 11 New York

Quotes

  1. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, speaking at the University of Glasgow last night, said: "I'm astonished that any editor gave the go-ahead to this disgusting and pathetic infantilism. Have we really got to this point of humiliation...
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Rowan Williams Source: Times Online

  2. "They are all for Russia to become a democratic country and they think that each of them is the right person. But Russia doesn't need political infantilism," Mr Nemtsov said. "I don't think we have any chance in the presidential race. We have...
    on Jul 2, 2007 By: Boris Nemtsov Source: Times Online

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