Definition of infantilism in US English:



  • 1Childish behavior.

    • ‘It shows the creeping infantilism of American pop culture.’
    • ‘Can such paternalism on the part of our rulers lead to anything but infantilism on the part of the people?’
    • ‘The characters' grotesque infantilism and puerile sense of humour is an important part of what is being satirised.’
    • ‘Typically, despite the fact that the city's police confessed that more damage was done on the average Saturday night in the city, it was the anarchists and their infantilism that stole the headlines the next day.’
    • ‘Brad is being both condescending and obtuse - I have difficulty in seeing any evidence whatsoever of infantilism in the piece that he quotes.’
    • ‘That points not to an ideological malice worth worrying about but probably to the harmless political infantilism of a zealous minority of Whitlamites.’
    • ‘It's an example of infantilism, a regressive desire for boundarylessness, a plea for a love object that never disappoints.’
    • ‘If the Scottish parliament doesn't help Scotland emerge from its infantilism, it will not have been worth the effort.’
    • ‘He loves the rich movement vocabulary and the technical skills, but abhors the coldness and infantilism.’
    • ‘There is a kind of infantilism about the booze and football culture of urban Scotland, and an inability to cope with complicated issues.’
    • ‘It is an extension of their infantilism in not wanting to take responsibility for their actions.’
    • ‘The old question was, How can otherwise sensible people, in affirming God as a source of meaning, manifest, such infantilism?’
    • ‘But it might have been a little more questioning of what some would call his innocence and others his infantilism.’
    • ‘We may operate with economic infantilism, borrowing blithely, ignoring pension schemes and blowing half our annual earnings on rent.’
    • ‘Over the great band of society where, in 1914, it had been odd and disreputable not to go to church, it was now seen as odd and a form of infantilism to do so.’
    • ‘It returned the club experience, and dancing in particular, to infancy, in fact infantilism.’
    • ‘Of course they write about it all the time, but that is the standard infantilism of French intellectual life.’
    • ‘The game is up: it is declining into infantilism.’
    • ‘‘Childhood is most positively valued and fostered when we resist infantilism,’ he said.’
    childishness, babyishness, juvenility, puerility, lack of experience, inexperience, unworldliness, naivety, ingenuousness
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    1. 1.1Psychology The persistence of infantile characteristics or behavior in adult life.
      • ‘He explains, ‘Among the conditions which are expressions of degeneracy of the body are three conditions known as infantilism, masculinism, and feminism.’’
      • ‘In her ten books of poetry, in her two published novels as well as in her reviews and essays there is a response to this challenge not to live a kind of ethical infantilism.’
      • ‘Even the memory of terror, with the criminal not present, can produce traumatic psychological infantilism.’
      • ‘Jan follows such an entropic arc, but his initial infantilism makes one wonder if the war has eroded his psyche or merely amplified the selfishness that defined his character long before the violence began.’
      • ‘Symonds (1975) described similar regressed and dependent behaviour in victims of crime as traumatic psychological infantilism.’