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motherhood

[muhth -er-hoo d] /ˈmʌð ərˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a mother; maternity.
2.
the qualities or spirit of a mother.
3.
mothers collectively.
adjective
4.
having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable:
legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.
Origin of motherhood
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425, motherhood is from the late Middle English word moderhed. See mother1, -hood
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  • The hope of motherhood alternated with black fits of depression.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She shuddered when she spoke of her marriage, and as to her motherhood, that had only caused her sorrow.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • When some women were specialized for motherhood then there were surplus women.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • All the hope of the future rests upon this faith in motherhood.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • motherhood, that improves and perfects most women, has personally wrecked her.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for motherhood

motherhood

/ˈmʌðəˌhʊd/
noun
1.
the state of being a mother
2.
the qualities characteristic of a mother
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Word Origin and History for motherhood
n.

1590s, from mother (n.1) + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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