Antonyms for adolescent

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : ad-l-es-uhnt
Phonetic Transcription : ˌæd lˈɛs ənt

Definition of adolescent

Origin :
  • mid-15c., "youth, young man," from Middle French adolescent (15c.) or directly from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near maturity, youthful," present participle of adolescere "grow up, come to maturity, ripen," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + alescere "be nourished," hence, "increase, grow up," inchoative of alere "to nourish" (see old). Adolesce was a back-formed verb used early 20c. by H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, Louis MacNeice, but it seems not to have taken.
  • adj preadult or immature
  • noun person in puberty, preadulthood
Example sentences :
  • The trouble was in his conditioning, started when he was an adolescent.
  • Extract from : « The Odyssey of Sam Meecham » by Charles E. Fritch
  • This then is the duality of my day and my night being: a duality so bitter to an adolescent.
  • Extract from : « Fantasia of the Unconscious » by D. H. Lawrence
  • I'll admit that the adolescent seems all that at times, but that is only on the surface.
  • Extract from : « On the Firing Line in Education » by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  • It was cub rage, but it was adolescent cub, and it was somehow significant.
  • Extract from : « Under the Law » by Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • She is ingenious, She used to strum ballads to the moon on my adolescent nerves.
  • Extract from : « Very Woman » by Remy de Gourmont
  • He felt the languor of the consumptive and the melancholia of the adolescent.
  • Extract from : « Very Woman » by Remy de Gourmont
  • But in that first adolescent self-consciousness my sympathies were all with father.
  • Extract from : « The Log-Cabin Lady, An Anonymous Autobiography » by Unknown
  • But very few speakers could meet the needs of that adolescent age.
  • Extract from : « The Story of Chautauqua » by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
  • And this was exactly the sort of thing that should have inspired their most adolescent repartee.
  • Extract from : « Adolescents Only » by Irving E. Cox
  • For the new-born, dainty bread-and-honey; for the adolescent, dry bread.
  • Extract from : « Bramble-bees and Others » by J. Henri Fabre

Synonyms for adolescent

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