Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Such affection as is shown by a mother.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Based on a true story, I'm Glad My Mother is Alive is a film about unrequited mother-love gone haywire -- and the price of bad parenting.

    Marshall Fine: Review: I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive

  • Assuming that mother-love is some kind of magical thing that solves all problems, addresses every need, etc is one more way our culture asymmetrically burdens women, undervalues the contributions of fathers, privileges the traditional hetero family, and disourages people from creating the kinds of social networks that are often an optimal context for child-rearing.

    Pregnant at 66 and putting choice in context - Feministing

  • As I said to you privately, I know how you feel (all the more for the words 'wrinkled little scrotum') But I'm banking on the indisputable power of mother-love.

    Oh, Boy.

  • "Did you collude in this triumph for morality and mother-love?"

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • By force of will and mother-love, everything would be all right.

    The Christmas Cookie Club

  • It tells us that God is ineffable, but that if we do wish to try to imagine him/her/it, the first two tangible qualities are mercy and compassion (rahman/rahim) which derive from the word "womb" and describe a kind of mother-love.

    Hillary Clinton-- Victim of the War on the Feminine, Just like the 9/11 Victims

  • You can have neat little essays on the whys and wherefores of mothering – on the physicality of mother-love, on the experience of fear in motherhood, on the mystery of Whither the Tits?

    Another Head Cold, Not My Own | Her Bad Mother

  • Demons, hearing this word, thought it meant dayadhvam, meaning "sympathize" or "be compassionate"; in the Oriental context demons were not evil spirits but deities of the old matriarchal religion, who preached karuna, mother-love.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • Sometimes the deity was named simply Mere, an Egyptian word for both "waers" and "mother-love."

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • There was this thing called “mother-love” which trumped everything.

    Sally Field Censored by Fox

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