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In reality the world is as full of bad mothers as it is of bad fathers, and it is not the motherless children who become delinquent but the fatherless ones.
Louis de Bernieres

Meaning of "motherless" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF MOTHERLESS

motherless  [ˈmʌðələs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF MOTHERLESS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Motherless can act as an adjective and an adverb.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES MOTHERLESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

motherless

Single parent

A single parent is a parent, not living with a spouse or partner, who has most of the day-to-day responsibilities in raising the child or children. A single parent is usually considered the primary caregiver, meaning the parent the children have residency with the majority of the time. If the parents are separated or divorced, children live with their custodial parent and have visitation or secondary residence with their noncustodial parent. In western society in general, following separation, a child will end up with the primary caregiver, usually the mother, and a secondary caregiver, usually the father. Historically, death of a partner was a major cause of single parenting. Single parenting can result from separation, death, child abuse/neglect, or divorce of a couple with children. Custody battles, awarded by the court or rationalized in other terms, determine who the child will spend majority of their time with. This affects children in many ways, and counseling is suggested for them. A mother is typically the primary caregiver in a single parent family structure because of divorce or unplanned pregnancy.

Definition of motherless in the English dictionary

The definition of motherless in the dictionary is not having a mother.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH MOTHERLESS


Aeolus
ˈiːələs
alveolus
ælˈvɪələs
anomalous
əˈnɒmələs
astragalus
æˈstræɡələs
carolus
ˈkærələs
colorless
ˈkʌlələs
Daedalus
ˈdiːdələs
Elagabalus
ˌɛləˈɡæbələs
embolus
ˈɛmbələs
fearless
ˈfɪələs
featherless
ˈfɛðələs
flourless
ˈflaʊələs
frivolous
ˈfrɪvələs
hydrocephalus
ˌhaɪdrəʊˈsɛfələs
libellous
ˈlaɪbələs
libelous
ˈlaɪbələs
marvellous
ˈmɑːvələs
Nicholas
ˈnɪkələs
Papadopoulos
ˌpæpəˈdɒpələs
scandalous
ˈskændələs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE MOTHERLESS

mother´s help
motherboard
mothercraft
motherese
motherfucker
motherfucking
motherhood
motherhouse
mothering
Mothering Sunday
motherland
motherlessness
motherliness
motherly
mothers superior
mothers-in-law
mothers-to-be
Motherwell
motherwort
mothery

WORDS THAT END LIKE MOTHERLESS

airless
borderless
bottomless
carless
cheerless
collarless
colourless
driverless
fingerless
gearless
genderless
hairless
humorless
leaderless
paperless
peerless
powerless
rudderless
starless
tearless
waterless

Synonyms and antonyms of motherless in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «motherless» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF MOTHERLESS

Find out the translation of motherless to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of motherless from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «motherless» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

母亲的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sin madre
570 millions of speakers

English

motherless
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

माता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أمهاتهم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

без матери
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

órfão de mãe
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

মাতৃহীন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

de mère
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ibu tanpa ibu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

mutterlos
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

母のない
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

어머니가
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ibu
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mồ côi mẹ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மதர்லெஸ்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मातृहीन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

annesiz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

orfano di madre
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

bez matki
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

без матері
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mamă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

motherless
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

moederloos
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

moderlös
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

morløs
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of motherless

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «MOTHERLESS»

The term «motherless» is quite widely used and occupies the 38.826 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «MOTHERLESS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about motherless

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QUOTES WITH «MOTHERLESS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word motherless.
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Louis de Bernieres
In reality the world is as full of bad mothers as it is of bad fathers, and it is not the motherless children who become delinquent but the fatherless ones.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «MOTHERLESS»

Discover the use of motherless in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to motherless and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss
Building on interviews with hundreds of mother- loss survivors, this life-affirming book is now newly expanded to reflect the author's personal experience with the continued legacy of mother loss; now married and a mother of young children ...
Hope Edelman, 2006
2
Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel
Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation. BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens.
Jonathan Lethem, 2011
3
Motherless Mothers
In Motherless Mothers, Edelman uses her own story as a prism to reveal the unique anxieties and desires that these women experience as they raise their children without the help of a living maternal guide.
Hope Edelman, 2009
4
The Motherless State: Women's Political Leadership and ...
A compelling exploration of this deficiency, The Motherless State reveals why the United States differs from comparable democracies that routinely elect far more women to their national governing bodies and chief executive positions.
Eileen McDonagh, 2009
5
Newborn Needs a Dad / His Motherless Little Twins (Mills & ...
Newborn Needs a Dad Dianne Drake Brooding doctor Neil Ranard normally steers clear of relationships, so his instant attraction to his new – and pregnant! – colleague Gabrielle Evans is startling!
Dianne Drake, 2010
6
His Motherless Little Twins
Falling for the children's doctor--and his twins!
Dianne Drake, 2010
7
Motherless Soul
Emily Vinson's entire life was impacted by the loss of her mother when she was 2years old.
Steve Lindahl, 2009
8
Motherless Child: A Novel
Elizabeth Guaragna uses an assumed name to work undercover at the music agency of the man who destroyed her family life and her father's career.
Marianne Langner Zeitlin, 2012
9
Bumduggle Davis Beats the Boobrats: Or the Inauguration of ...
Throughout his troubles, Barry worries that once he starts to cope better, his mum will fade away. The action is fast and frantic in the exciting new novel Bumduggle Davis Beats the BoobRats.
Gail Luck, 2012
10
The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins
The Motherless Child in the Novels of Pauline Hopkins, the first book-length study of Hopkins's major fiction, fills this gap, offering a sustained analysis of motherlessness in Contending Forces, Hagar's Daughter, Winona, and Of One Blood.
Jill Bergman, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «MOTHERLESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term motherless is used in the context of the following news items.
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A glance back at Jem, Dill as Jean Louise reminisces in Chapter 5 of …
Moorehead offers the blessing - which turns into a re-telling for the Lord of the misdeeds of the "motherless" Finch children. When Atticus ... «AL.com, Jul 15»
2
Dying mother writes letters to 4-year-old daughter covering every …
... Heather McManamy from Wisconsin believes that leaving her four-year-old daughter Brianna motherless for the rest of her life is much worse. «ChristianToday, Jul 15»
3
The Relationship Between Planned Parenthood and Redefining …
... deliberately increasing the number of children who grow up fatherless or motherless and subordinating children's needs to adult desires. «Daily Signal, Jul 15»
4
Playwright asks: Where is our courage?
There was something satisfyingly symmetrical in being orphaned and physically stateless. Motherless, I felt entirely new, so the old patterns of ... «InDaily, Jul 15»
5
Opinion: Oooooh Asamoah Gyan!
... doing on the quite including (one that personally touches my heart), the adoption of those Okwampa Bawjiase-based motherless triplets. «Graphic Online, Jul 15»
6
VIDEO: Moment orphaned seal pups share a bath
The pups, both in a bad condition and motherless,were taken to the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary on the main island where they were placed in ... «Deadline News, Jul 15»
7
Couple adopts friend's four daughters: Cancer can't break friends …
... to adopt her four now motherless children into her home. They are giving their all to make the best out of an immensely challenging situation. «Examiner.com, Jul 15»
8
John Clayton/ Hank Jones – Parlor Series Vol. II: The Negro …
... Oh Lord,” “Wade in the Water,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”. «Audiophile Audition, Jul 15»
9
What Happened To The 21 Missing Children - School Proprietress
The proprietress of the motherless babies home in Anambra where 21 children were discovered missing has come out to deny the missing children reports. «NAIJ.COM, Jul 15»
10
Ticket alert: Sufjan Stevens Nov. 7 at Gusman Center
... and Lowell," a devastating, piano-backed collection of songs about death, nostalgia, motherhood and Stevens' own motherless childhood. «SouthFlorida.com, Jul 15»

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