Definition of infantilism in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈfantilizəm/


1Childish behavior.
Example sentences
  • We may operate with economic infantilism, borrowing blithely, ignoring pension schemes and blowing half our annual earnings on rent.
  • Typically, despite the fact that the city's police confessed that more damage was done on the average Saturday night in the city, it was the anarchists and their infantilism that stole the headlines the next day.
  • Brad is being both condescending and obtuse - I have difficulty in seeing any evidence whatsoever of infantilism in the piece that he quotes.
1.1 Psychology The persistence of infantile characteristics or behavior in adult life.
Example sentences
  • He explains, ‘Among the conditions which are expressions of degeneracy of the body are three conditions known as infantilism, masculinism, and feminism.’
  • Jan follows such an entropic arc, but his initial infantilism makes one wonder if the war has eroded his psyche or merely amplified the selfishness that defined his character long before the violence began.
  • In her ten books of poetry, in her two published novels as well as in her reviews and essays there is a response to this challenge not to live a kind of ethical infantilism.

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Syllabification: in·fan·til·ism

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