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

  • Mother Irumu suckles her baby three times a day with undeviated maternalism, but refuses if humans are near.
  • Perhaps unintentionally, the book gives a portrait of merciless maternalism.
  • The faint air of maternalism is heightened by her habit of referring to "my people," "my Cabinet," and even, most disconcertingly, "my generals.

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