puerilism

noun
pu·​er·​il·​ism | \ ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce puerilism (audio) , ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-ˌī- \

Definition of puerilism

: childish behavior especially as a symptom of mental illness

First Known Use of puerilism

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Puerilism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puerilism. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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