adolescence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n adolescence in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood
    • n adolescence the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to one U.S. study, about 25 percent of all adolescent and adult males never use deodorant.
    • n Adolescence The state of growing up from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youth, or the period of life between puberty and maturity, generally considered to be, in the male sex, from fourteen to twenty-one. Sometimes used with reference to the lower animals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adolescence The state of growing; specifically, youth, or the period of life between puberty and the full development of the frame, extending in man from about the age of fourteen years to twenty-five, and in woman from twelve to twenty-one: applied almost exclusively to the young of the human race.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adolescence the period of youth, in man, from 14 to 25; in woman, from 12 to 21
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Quotations

  • Wendy Cope
    Wendy Cope
    “I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence; but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity.”
  • Art Linkletter
    Art Linkletter
    “The four stages of life are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence.”
  • Earl Wilson
    Earl Wilson
    “Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.”
  • John Ciardi
    John Ciardi
    “You do not have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Fr., fr. L. adolescentia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. adolescent-em, adolescĕre, to grow, adolēre, to magnify.

Usage

In literature:

I made a note to look up adolescent, but didn't.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
Virile in its adolescence, it had kept its youth in its maturity.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
They represent the latest thought of the greatest authorities on the subjects most closely allied with the sympathetic study of adolescence.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Nature's adolescence of love should never be crowded into a premature marriage.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
At his left an adolescent mound of cigarette stumps grew steadily larger.
"A Breath of Prairie and other stories" by Will Lillibridge
The trouble was in his conditioning, started when he was an adolescent.
"The Odyssey of Sam Meecham" by Charles E. Fritch
Yet I sometimes think I am beyond the adolescent stage, and my habits rather deeply rooted.
"Select Conversations with an Uncle" by H. G. Wells
The broadening and deepening of the altruistic interests is a familiar feature of adolescent life.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
To my adolescent mind a thrilling mystery hung upon the Kent family.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Again, it may be granted that adolescence brings with it an awakening of the whole mental life, not of religion alone.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
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In poetry:

To some somnambulists
of adolescent thighs
draped
in satirical draperies
"Lunar Baedeker" by Mina Loy
Nor curiosity nor greed
Brought these disciples to disaster;
For, being very wise indeed,
The adolescents all agreed
To ask His Secret of the Master.
"The Disciples" by Aleister Crowley
Countries, continents, isthmuses, frontiers,
Lakes and mountains, discussions and news,
Children, grown-ups, old folk, adolescents,
Appreciations, reports and reviews.
"God's World" by Boris Pasternak
In a palace of silk and gold, in Ecbatana,
Beautiful demons, adolescent Satans brave,
Mid the sound of dulcimers of Arabia,
To the seven sins their fivefold senses gave.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
Go to the adolescent who are smothered in family-
Oh how hideous it is
To see three generations of one house gathered together!
It is like an old tree with shoots,
And with some branches rotted and falling.
"Commission" by Ezra Pound
O sunny Sangamon! thy name to me,
Soft-syllabled like some sweet melody,
Familiar is since adolescent years
As household phrases ringing in my ears;
Its measured cadence sounding to and fro
From the dim corridors of long ago.
"The Sangamon River" by Hattie Howard

In news:

HOW BEST FRIENDSHIP WITH A PARENT BECOMES HARDER TO MAINTAIN DURING ADOLESCENCE .
The reward seeking system is becoming more easily aroused, particularly during early adolescence , which makes kids seek and go after rewards.
The first feature from sibling filmmakers Kevin and Matthew McManus has most everything the average adolescent boy wants: swearing, smoking, swearing, gun violence, swearing and cute girls.
Adolescence is often considered the most difficult time in life.
Father worried by adolescent estrangement.
OTC abuse higher among adolescent males.
SAN FRANCISCO — A recent University of Cincinnati study suggested adolescent males are at a higher risk of reporting longtime abuse of over-the-counter drugs, compared with their female peers.
Adolescence is a time of increased vulnerability for depression, with risk factors driven by biological, cognitive, and social-environmental changes in development.
We now understand that the brain undergoes protracted development, continuing throughout adolescence and beyond.
1 Adolescence is defined as the period starting with the physical and hormonal changes associated with puberty and ending when an individual attains a stable, independent role in society.
The goal is to encourage providers to use the latest scientific treatment models to improve the quality of care offered to adolescents .
Research Highlights Strengths Of Adolescent Brain.
Adolescent self-esteem can be affected by several factors, including body image, puberty, family life and interactions with peers.
A feasibility study concluded that 275 children and adolescents age 5 to 19 would need up to 4,125 days of intensive inpatient psychiatric care.
Learn what makes this group tick and help young adolescents become caring and compassionate citizens through Builders Club.
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In science:

This is compatible with the observation that adolescent pulsars (∼ 104 yr old, like Vela) glitch most actively (Lyne et al. 2000).
Transitions between turbulent and laminar superfluid vorticity states in the outer core of a neutron star
This new model formulation is used to analyze a peer social network from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
Section 4 applies the modeling approach to the study of substance abuse in adolescent peer networks and compares it to standard approaches.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
In addition to collecting data on the health related behaviors, the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) also collected information on the social networks of the subjects studied (Harris et al., 2003).
Exponential-family Random Network Models
Overall 19 students reported having used substances. A naive logistic regression model with X as an indicator that the sex of the adolescent is male shows a significant effect of sex (Table 4.2).
Exponential-family Random Network Models
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