Definitions

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  • noun a disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan (or by a defect in the metabolic conversion of tryptophan to niacin); characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and erythema and nervous or mental disorders; may be caused by malnutrition or alcoholism or other nutritional impairments

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Examples

  • "It's nothing but a chronic case of old-maidism," said father impatiently.

    Chronicles of Avonlea

  • But one can never reckon with real, bred-in-the bone old-maidism.

    Chronicles of Avonlea

  • "It's nothing but a chronic case of old-maidism," said father impatiently.

    Chronicles of Avonlea

  • There was, indeed, a danger -- his seniors said so -- of his developing into a regular "Auntie Fuss" of an adjutant, and when an officer once takes to old-maidism there is more hope for the virgin of seventy than for him.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • Nothing but solitary old-maidism, unless two of you happen to be sisters, for who else will join her shame to yours?

    The Christian A Story

  • It was considered as carrying old-maidism to an extreme length.

    The Burial of the Guns

  • There was one thing about her which excited much talk; I suppose it was only a piece of old-maidism.

    The Burial of the Guns

  • The state of old maidism was reached at a very early age in those early days; Higginson wrote of an "antient maid" of twenty-five years.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • He supports her, and she has escaped the obloquy of old-maidism.

    Not Pretty, but Precious

  • So she thrusts the burden of her sins upon other people's shoulders, and travels the first stage to captious and disappointed old-maidism.

    Aurora Floyd. A Novel

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