from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of arrested development in an adult, characterized by retention of infantile mentality, accompanied by stunted growth and sexual immaturity, and often by dwarfism.
- n. Marked immaturity, as in behavior or character: "infantilism, which is the subtext of so much American cinema and culture” ( John Simon).
- n. An infantile act or remark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An emotional dependency on being treated as an infant.
- n. A sexual dependency on the sight or feeling of diapers, or being diapered.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Arrested or retrogressive development; the persistence or recurrence in the adult of those characteristics which are normal, but transient, in the child.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. infantile behavior in mature persons
- n. an abnormal condition in which an older child or adult retains infantile characteristics
Japanese infantilism is so heavily sexualized it would make Americans ... well, hysterical.
Poetic feeling does not derive simply from the expression of the emotions nevertheless unbridled egotism, a form of infantilism, is difficult to avoid in the early stages of writing.
To top the charts at 93 is quite something, and especially for an uncompromising scholar who attributes rock'n'roll to "infantilism".
If his gigantism is undeniable and unignorable, his badness is, inevitably, subject to debate: hardly his badness as a man, which, though softened by Donald's use of psychological terms like 'secondary narcissism,' is unmatched in its purity of self-absorption and ruthless egotism (one of the longest index entries under his name is 'infantilism'), but his badness as a writer.
They dismiss it as a bit of leftist deviation, or "infantilism".
Writer defends Doctor Who from Stephen Fry's charges of 'infantilism'
Let's give the three possible reasons the generic name of "infantilism".
The term 'infantilism' has such a broad range that those who practice even a mild form of it, although keeping to themselves, seem to get a very negative reaction.
"infantilism" of much of the British television industry.
The brand image it generates is of something cheap and disposable, shallow and callow, prone to formulation, infantilism and the all-round naffness of any compensatory fantasy.