Part of speech: noun

The state of being a mother.

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Usage examples "motherhood":

  1. The wife of a poet should love him long before she marries him; she must train herself to the charity of angels, to their forbearance, to all the virtues of motherhood. - "Modeste Mignon", Honore de Balzac.
  2. I had known something of the joys that pierce the heart, the happiness and the sorrow of motherhood; I determined that henceforth my life should be filled with these, but that mine should be a wider sphere than a mother's. - "The Country Doctor", Honore de Balzac.
  3. I have experienced for days now what motherhood might be, and nothing on earth shall rob me of my present rights in this child. - "The Millionaire Baby", Anna Katharine Green.