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juvenility

[joo-vuh-nil-i-tee]
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noun, plural ju·ve·nil·i·ties.
  1. juvenile state, character, or manner.
  2. juvenilities, youthful qualities or acts.
  3. an instance of being juvenile.

Origin of juvenility

First recorded in 1615–25; juvenile + -ity
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Examples from the Web for juvenility

Historical Examples

  • It was the oddest mixture of luxury and hardship, of juvenility and old age!

    Coaches and Coaching

    Leigh Hunt

  • I have elsewhere pointed out the juvenility and infatuation of this error.

    A Logic Of Facts

    George Jacob Holyoake

  • The period of juvenility was shamefully sacrificed to superstition.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2

    Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)

  • The hyperbole speaks well for the author's heart, but betrays his juvenility.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

  • A son and daughter who had hardly passed the confines of juvenility, with the necessary attendants, formed his household.


British Dictionary definitions for juvenility

juvenility

noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or condition of being juvenile, esp of being immature
  2. (often plural) a juvenile act or manner
  3. juveniles collectively
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Word Origin and History for juvenility

n.

1620s, from Latin iuvenilitas "youth," from iuvenilis (see juvenile).

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