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Definition of Childhood

  CHILDHOOD   noun
The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -- two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?t?a?ldhud n. the state or period of being a child. Ýsecond childhood a person's dotage. [OE cildhad]

Last updated: 9/3/2011 12:48:30