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infantine Syllabification: in·fan·tine
Pronunciation: /ˈinfənˌtīn/ /-ˌtēn/

Definition of infantine in English:


Archaic term for infantile.
Example sentences
  • Breast-feeding could lead to ‘infantine debility which might lead to curvature of the spine, or intestinal diseases, where the addition to, or total substitution of, an artificial… aliment’ would help.
  • From that point, what he described as his ‘primitive and infantine feeling’ faded and his work became more conventional.
  • If she before, by her infantine caresses, had gained his affection, now that the woman began to appear, she was still more attaching as a companion.


Early 17th century: from obsolete French infantin, variant of Old French enfantin, from Latin infans, infant- (see infant).

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