American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce to an infantile state or condition: "It creates a crisis that infantilizes them—causes grown men to squabble like kids about trivial things” ( New Yorker).
- v. To treat or condescend to as if still a young child: "The Victorian physician infantilized his patient” ( Judith Moore).
- infantile + -ize (“make into”) (Wiktionary)
“What qkslvrwolf would have us do is infantilize the military – he would have us accept “I was only following orders” as a valid defense.”
“Damon blames part of this on influential childrearing experts such as David Elkind and Penelope Leach, whose approaches may encourage adults to infantilize children on the pretext of protecting them.”
“It is most often to impute naivete and ineffectualness, i.e. the term is used to infantilize its target.”
“Because, you know, the shift from “that race is innately inferior so we must exterminate them” to “that race is innately inferior so we must infantilize them” shows how far progressives have progressed in their racism.”
“Even the ones who are all like "I'm an intellectual, confident, non-insane human being begging to be taken seriously in a society that has a tendency to caricature and infantilize adult women.”
“Isn't this inconsistent with Kidz Bop's mission to infantilize everything it touches?”
“It neutralizes a transmitter the dictators of Sloven use to infantilize the rest of the colony.”
“Above all, questions themselves convey respect: I honor you when I refuse to infantilize your mind.”
“At the same time, they're are bravely shaking things up in the American Muslim community, forcing Muslims -- men and women both -- to begin questioning age-old ideologies that infantilize women.”
“She wants neither to give him impossible tasks nor infantilize him.”
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