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  • n. The condition or characteristics of a spinster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or characteristics of an old maid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or condition of being an old maid; advanced spinsterhood.


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old maid +‎ -ism


  • 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

  • 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

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

    The Burial of the Guns

  • 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

  • Now, nothing daunted, she insisted on John viewing the case from Zara’s standpoint: the very natural desire of an ageing woman for a home and a husband; the dreaded stigma of old-maidism; the weariness and monotony of going on teaching other people’s children year after year; the mortification of seeing younger women chosen over your head, and your salary steadily decreasing as you grew older.

    The Way Home

  • Her husband adores her; I adore her; two cousins on the point of _old-maidism_ adore her -- she will always be adored, as fresh reasons for loving her continually arise. "

    Women in the Life of Balzac


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