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motherhood

[muhth-er-hoo d]
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noun
  1. the state of being a mother; maternity.
  2. the qualities or spirit of a mother.
  3. mothers collectively.
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adjective
  1. having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable: legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.
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Origin of motherhood

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.

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    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.

  • 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

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.

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