Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of being an orphan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare Orphanhood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being an orphan.
  • noun The existence of orphans.

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Examples

  • "His Dark Materials" owes more to "The Odyssey" and various journey-based books like the "Chronicles of Narnia," while the Potter novels draw more from the British canon of school dramas and the orphanism of "The Secret Garden."

    moaning myrtle

  • "His Dark Materials" owes more to "The Odyssey" and various journey-based books like the "Chronicles of Narnia," while the Potter novels draw more from the British canon of school dramas and the orphanism of "The Secret Garden."

    soft-shell crab roll

  • My skill in curing orphanism and pauperism was particularly acknowledged by a grateful parliament.

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8 Epigrams, On With the Dance, Negligible Tales

  • There are indications that Jamaican families have expressed interest in Haitian orphanism.

    Jamaica Gleaner Online

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