come of age

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v come of age reach a certain age that marks a transition to maturity
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
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    “Since it is the Other within us who is old, it is natural that the revelation of our age should come to us from outside --from others. We do not accept it willingly.”
  • John Nuveen
    John Nuveen
    “You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.”
  • Charles Sumner
    Charles Sumner
    “The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.”
  • Graham Greene
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    “Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.”

Idioms

Come of age - When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.
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Usage

In literature:

An age is dying and a new age comes, and what it shall be only the men and women of the world can answer.
"Women and War Work" by Helen Fraser
She felt like a lad when he comes of age or makes his first venture in business.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873." by Various
For it records the ideals and doubts of earlier ages as a perennial challenge to the coming time.
"Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham" by Harold J. Laski
Regina Siegerson had come alone, at the age of fifteen, from Russia to New York, where she had been for seven years.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
How had it come about that by the side of ageing worlds we had nebulae in a relatively younger stage?
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
It was Gnosticism come again in a very different age to men in an opposite phase of culture, but with its logic unchanged.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
After all, he had never come of age.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
The infirmities of age were coming fast upon him.
"Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale) (2nd ed.) (2 vols.)" by Mrs. Hester Lynch Piozzi
Her dimples had turned traitor to youth and gossiped of coming age.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
Ages to come will read with astonishment the history of your brilliant exploits.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
The sea which brought him bars him for a few ages from his old home, till the tradition of his coming even is lost.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
The coming of age was a grand topic, and the colonel promised to go again the following day, and 'help in the decorations.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
How in cases of contracts which he avoids when he comes of age?
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Why was Michael Rossiter wedded to Linda Bennet when he was no more than twenty-five, and she just past her coming of age?
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
I was in Athens when the coming of age of Crown Prince George, the brave, handsome young Greek of whom we hear so much, was celebrated.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 18, March 11, 1897" by Various
It provides that no one who is over sixteen years of age shall be allowed to come into the country if not able to read.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 19, March 18, 1897" by Various
Upon coming of age, three years ago, I spent what was left me by my mother.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
And it seemed that the golden age had come upon every part of the kingdom.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The Rishis discouraged use of nalika, declaring them to be barbarous and fit only for kings that would come in the Kali age.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
He who writes with a feather plucked from the wing of the first bird will not be listened to for ages to come.
"Wise or Otherwise" by Lydia Leavitt
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In poetry:

Come, for creation groans,
Impatient of Thy stay,
Worn out with these long years of ill,
These ages of delay.
"Come, Lord, and Tarry Not" by Horatius Bonar
Come, Lord, and tarry not;
Bring the long looked for day;
O why these years of waiting here,
These ages of decay?
"Come, Lord, and Tarry Not" by Horatius Bonar
For ages we've been in pain,
While trusting in the Psalms-
Holy words of Saints so plain,
Have come to us as balms.
"Glory To The Lord" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Ere she comes to age of duty,
Her own grave she's quickly dug,
Simply 'cause thy longing beauty,
Keeps her body in a shrug.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Rush on, O waters! proudly hurl
Thyself to roaring depths below,
And let the mists of ages curl,
And generations come and go.
"Niagra Falls" by Thomas Frederick Young
"And the end of many aches,
Which come unseen, and will come when they come,
Is this, a broken body and sad mind,
And so old age?"
"The Light of Asia: Book the Third" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

Loudonville High School's Austin Cary comes of age as area's top defender.
'Asher Lev' a potent coming- of-age story.
Girls Not Coming of Age If Girls is a portent, we're in trouble.
LED's have come of age .
Coming- of-age 'Funeral Kings' doesn't fully mature.
Canton's Unitarian Universalist Church holds 'Coming of Age ' program for 8th, 9th graders.
The Unitarian Universalist Church recently held a "Coming of Age " program recently.
City's 3-1-1 system comes of age during Sandy crisis.
Early adversity fuels Cave's coming of age .
Let's Talk About Art: Coming- of-age films.
Notre Dame QB Golson coming of age .
Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell comes of age in 16-13 OT win over No 25 Wisconsin.
The back cover calls it a "coming- of-age " tale and I guess it is.
But coming- of-age tales usually end on a note of celebration, and if that's what you want you'd better find another writer.
E-Cigarettes Coming of Age .
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In science:

The metallicity and age distributio ns for the thin disc come from Haywood (2001) and Aumer & Binney (2009), while the radial density of the halo comes from the ‘inner halo’ detected in Carollo et al. (2009).
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
Evidently, the X-ray emission comes from a distribution of shocks having a range of ionization ages and post-shock temperatures.
Chandra Observations of Shock Kinematics in Supernova Remnant 1987A
The motivation of the paper comes from a model of aging viscoelastic materials.
Stochastic Volterra equations of nonscalar type in Hilbert space
From silicon to RNA: The coming of age of ab initio molecular dynamics.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
The most direct one comes from the age distribution (dN/dt) of (young) clusters.
Conference summary: Mass loss from stellar clusters
Each stellar population comes with 4 degrees of freedom: instantaneous SFR, age, τ , and AV (stellar mass is determined by the first three).
Understanding Lyman-alpha emitters
Indeed, it is finally true that the τ , the last ma jor physics ob ject to be developed at the LHC, has come of age.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
The analysis of nuclear PDFs is coming of age.
Summary of the Structure Functions Working group at DIS 2012
It seems to me, however, that the field is now coming of age.
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
Now for any particle to be a dark matter candidate it must have a relic abundance 0.025 ≤ Ωδ h2 ≤ 1, where the upper bound comes from requiring the age of the Universe to be at least 1010 years, and the lower bound comes from Ω = .1 and h = 0.5.
The Search for the Dark Matter: WIMPs and MACHOs
In addition, modern Monte Carlo computational methods have come of age and are an excellent match to the branching processes which dominate the perturbative calculations.
Geometry of Multihadron Production
The loiter phase can last so long that the Universe can be far older than the ages that comes from standard calculation based on its rate of expansion and mass density.
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
Also there is a conflict between the large ages of globular clusters and distant radio galaxies in comparison with the age of the Universe that comes out in the Friedmann models (Dunlop et al., 1988; Chambers et al., 1990).
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
Spin physics has now definitely come of age, as is more than evident from the wealth of experimental and theoretical results in the field: notably, the accurate determination of structure functions, electro-weak measurements and sophisticated calculations within the framework of perturbative QCD.
Symposium Summary
Reducing the age of the oldest stars will make the upper bound on the Hubble (coming from the SEC) weaker, but will make this lower bound (from the DEC) stronger.
General Relativistic Energy Conditions: The Hubble expansion in the epoch of galaxy formation
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