childishness

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childish +‎ -ness

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childishness (countable and uncountable, plural childishnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or characteristic of being childish.
  2. (countable) Childish behaviour.
    • 1868, John Mockett Cramp, Baptist History: from the foundation of the Christian church to the close of the eighteenth century, page 43:
      Exorcism, unction, the sign of the cross, holy water, infant-communion, and many other childishnesses, were also called "Apostolic institutions" — not at first, but long after they were invented, to conceal their real origin []

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