Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or befitting a stepmother; hence, figuratively, harsh or neglectful: in allusion to the behavior popularly attributed to stepmothers.

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  • adjective Like or befitting a stepmother.

Etymologies

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stepmother +‎ -ly

Examples

  • "stepmotherly" treatment for the city neighbouring the national capital.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • At Leptis, a town in Libya, it is the custom for the bride the day after marriage to send to her mother-in-law's house for a pipkin, who does not lend her one, but says she has not got one, that from the first the daughter-in-law may know her mother-in-law's stepmotherly mind, [173] that if afterwards she should be harsher still, she should be prepared for it and not take it ill.

    Plutarch's Morals

  • With this letter he enclosed one to Wieck's wife: "In your hands, dear lady, I lay our future happiness, and in your heart -- no stepmotherly heart, I am sure."

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2

  • But what Lisconnel often said that it "thought badder of" was the stepmotherly treatment which seemed to be the lot of the little girl Katty.

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • A formidable Catherine Castellanos leads a strong cast in the 1 3/4-hour tragedy of fatal stepmotherly attraction.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Nature then seems here to have provided us only in a stepmotherly fashion with the faculty required for our end.

    The Critique of Practical Reason

  • The CPM had a stock reply to that question: stepmotherly treatment by the Centre.

    The Times of India

  • The lawsuit filed by some parents of ICSE students cried foul on account of "the stepmotherly treatment of students of other boards" and accused the state of bias towards SSC by implementing this policy.

    rediff.com

  • But what leads to such incidents becoming so explosive so quickly is the feeling that the region has always been given stepmotherly treatment by New Delhi.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • Residents, who were asked by the municipal to pay for their sewerage connection, say that the government is giving them "stepmotherly treatment".

    Kuensel Newspaper

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