maternalism :

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  • n  the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
  • n  motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children

  • The faint air of maternalism is heightened by her habit of referring to "my people," "my Cabinet," and even, most disconcertingly, "my generals.
  • Such benevolent maternalism allowed her to run an open shop for years.
  • Add to this the curdled maternalism of the old invalid and the nearly unreachable sustenance of that outsize glass of milk, and Black Moon seems like a long case study.

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