adolescent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adolescent in the state of development between puberty and maturity "adolescent boys and girls"
    • adj adolescent displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity "adolescent insecurity","jejune responses to our problems","their behavior was juvenile","puerile jokes"
    • adj adolescent being of the age 13 through 19 "teenage mothers","the teen years"
    • adj adolescent relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent "adolescent problems"
    • n adolescent a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
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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 Adolescent A youth.
    • a Adolescent Growing; advancing from childhood to maturity. "Schools, unless discipline were doubly strong,
      Detain their adolescent charge too long."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adolescent Growing up; advancing from childhood to manhood or womanhood; youthful.
    • n adolescent One who is growing up; a person of either sex during the period of adolescence.
    • adolescent In physical geography, noting that stage of land-sculpture, between youth and maturity, in which some rapids still remain even in the larger streams.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Adolescent ad-o-les′ent growing to manhood
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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
L. adolescens, p. pr. of adolescere, to grow up to; ad, + the inchoative olescere, to grow: cf. F. adolescent,. See Adult
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. adolescent-em, adolescĕre, to grow, adolēre, to magnify.

Usage

In literature:

I'll admit that the adolescent seems all that at times, but that is only on the surface.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
At puberty and during adolescence everything begins to be changed.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
And the darkness of the glass was my own adolescence.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
We are the world's colossal tragic Adolescent.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Adolescent boy, 124, 125.
"Essentials in Conducting" by Karl Wilson Gehrkens
But as this was at adolescence, the unrest of the youth should not be taken too seriously.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
They did, and he was converted at an early age before the tide of adolescence set in.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Continence is, as a rule more easily observed by the adolescent girl than by the adolescent youth.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
His smooth, rosy face had still the downy bloom of adolescence.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Thank Fortune, we have outgrown this second and belated period of adolescence and can now take a healthy interest in our work.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
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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
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
But ah! those warm love-songs of fresh adolescence!
Around us such raptures celestial they flung
That it seemed as if Paradise breathed its quintessence
Through the seraph-toned lips of the maiden that sung!
"For the Moore Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
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:

The leading children's medical organization in the United States on Monday announced that it has doubled the amount of vitamin D recommended for infants, children and adolescents.
About a decade ago, Elizabeth Miller remembers seeing a certain teenage girl at a hospital clinic for adolescents in Boston.
The American Heart Association has published a report demonstrating that adolescent boys have a significantly increased risk of high systolic blood pressure compared to adolescent girls.
A 62-year-old retired Tanana teacher has been sentenced for sexually abusing a young adolescent girl.
One centered around his adolescence.
Like an adolescent schoolgirl, I seem to have one hardcore crush at any given moment in time.
THE 14-year-old girl had come to the adolescent medicine clinic at Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for gonorrhea.
With her flame-colored ringlets, Merida, the barely adolescent heroine of Pixar's 13th feature, looks like a wee Rebekah Brooks, maybe a pint-size Florence Welch.
Markedly greater numbers of Minnesota teens are receiving vaccines recommended during adolescence, according to results of a national survey released today.
The cases of 11 infants who contracted pertussis from a health care worker have renewed calls to get adolescents and adults vaccinated against the infection, particularly if they work in a hospital or other medical setting.
There is something of a young woman's experience in Woodman 's work, much of which was created when she was an adolescent.
Zoloft , a commonly prescribed antidepressant, is effective for treating moderate to severe depression in children and adolescents, researchers are reporting today.
L' Adolescent is an ingeniously condensed, modern-dress adaptation of Dostoevsky's story of a 19-year-old intellectual, directed by Moscow-born Pierre Léon.
Death rates among adolescents have overtaken those of young children as increasing numbers of young males are dying through violence or injury while efforts to reduce child mortality are succeeding.
Laura Robb on Adolescent Literacy.
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In science:

However, CAS is still in its infancy and whether or not it will survive to adolescence, much less to maturity remains to be seen.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
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
Chains of affection: The structure of adolescent romantic and sexual networks.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
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