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  • n. The state of being an orphan.
  • n. The losing of both parents through death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or condition of being an orphan; orphanage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being an orphan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being a child without living parents


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From orphan +‎ -hood.


  • Second: The State shall guarantee social and health security to Iraqis in cases of old age, sickness, employment disability, homelessness, orphanhood, or unemployment, shall work to protect them from ignorance, fear and poverty, and shall provide them housing and special programs of care and rehabilitation, and this shall be regulated by law.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: March 24, 2010

  • Maybe this is connected to the fact that we all know we'll have to confront adult orphanhood at some point.

    They're my parents. I miss them

  • Elvira's orphanhood does not give her a blank slate of a past, but a rich and complicated one already at the age of 18.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • I spoke on tape with two people who relished, face to face, the friendship, resignation, laughter, and ultimately the orphanhood of the late Lezama Lima: that unfinished poet of Oppiano Licario and the narrator of the unpublished Fragments of His Iman; that shadow so Piñera-like that he swam in his sleep, both fists clenched Virgilio vomited his fear, but Lezama Lima swallowed his.

    Yoani Sanchez: Open Letter to the World (Excepting Abel Prieto, Cuba's Minister of Culture)

  • If as I hope, President-Elect Obama, you are NOT prepared to bear the responsibility for the deaths, injuries and orphanhood of children as innocent and lovely as your own, then STAND UP NOW!

    President-Elect Obama,You Must NOT Be Silent!

  • In that year, when Ravikovitch was six years old, her father was run over and killed by a drunken driver, leaving his daughter with a permanent sense of loss and orphanhood.

    Dalia Ravikovitch.

  • I liked this one, too, and wondered why it wandered off into orphanhood.

    A cautionary tale

  • Not quite as bad as plunking the children in front of a TV or a horror movie happens, too but done often enough...indeed, one of the tragedies of orphanhood is how the child's true interests may never be recognized and developed...

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • I don't know if this writer's block will continue, or what all do with that big stack of mom's recipe, or how much longer I'll feel that accute stab of orphanhood on a daily basis.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Still, I have no sibling with whom to share my orphanhood, so perhaps the experience is more acutely felt.

    ‘Losing Mum and Pup’


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