What does the word maternity mean?

Usage examples for maternity

  1. This very maternity- was it not fatal to beauty? – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. Will the modern woman seek social pleasures and the flattery of passing admiration in lieu of home life and maternity, and be satisfied to flutter as a gaudy butterfly of fashion? – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
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