mom·​ism | \ ˈmäˌmizəm \
plural -s

Definition of momism

: an excessive popular adoration and oversentimentalizing of mothers that is held to be oedipal in nature and that is thought to allow overprotective or clinging mothers unconsciously to deny their offspring emotional emancipation and thus to set up psychoneuroses

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“Momism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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