/mom"iz euhm/, n. (sometimes cap.)
excessive adulation of the mother and undue dependence on maternal care or protection, resulting in absence or loss of maturity and independence.
[MOM + -ISM; coined by U.S. author Philip Wylie (1902-71) in A Generation of Vipers (1942)]

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