Biologically, a child (plural: children) is generally a human between the stages of birth and puberty. Some vernacular definitions of a child include the fetus, as being an unborn child. The legal definition of "child" generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority. "Child" may also describe a relationship with a parent (such as sons and daughters of any age) or, metaphorically, an authority figure, or signify group membership in a clan, tribe, or religion; it can also signify being strongly affected by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "a child of nature" or "a child of the Sixties".
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... During the Trojan War, Andromache hid the child in Hector's tomb but the child was discovered, and his fate was debated by the Greeks, for if he were ... In Ovid's Metamorphoses, the child is thrown from the walls by the Greek victors (13, 413ff) ... that Odysseus has convinced the council to have the child thrown from the walls, and the child is in this way killed ...
... later decided that she wanted a fourth child ... Dubbed the "Hungarian child", she was born in Buda-Pest ten months after her parents' coronation and baptised there in April ... Determined to bring this last child up by herself, Elisabeth finally had her way ...
... he was responsible for the naming of the child as well ... This happened when the nurse of the child Eurycleia "laid the child upon his knees and spoke, and addressed him Autolycus, find now thyself a name to give to thy child's own child be sure he has long been ...
... or a tendency to various neurotic conditions (depression, anxiety, etc.), is to train a child to be and feel an equal part of the family ... The responsibility to the optimal development of the child is not limited to the Mother or Father but to teachers and society more broadly ... When a child does not feel equal and is enacted upon (abused through pampering or neglect) they are likely to develop inferiority or superiority complexes ...
... Alope left the infant in the open to die of exposure, but a passing mare suckled the child until it was found by shepherds, who fell into a dispute as to who was to have the ... Cercyon, who, on recognizing by the dress whose child the boy was, ordered Alope to be imprisoned in order to be put to death, and her child to be exposed again ...
More definitions of "child":
- (noun): A member of a clan or tribe.
Example: "The children of Israel"
- (noun): A young person of either sex.
Synonyms: kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling
- (noun): A human offspring (son or daughter) of any age.
Famous quotes containing the word child:
“When a toddler uses profanity, dont make a big deal about it. If you do, you give the child more power. After all, its only a wordone that wont do much harm to anybody. In fact, if you think about it, a nasty word is a step up from hitting or biting someone. So look at it as a sign of growth.”
—Lawrence Balter (20th century)
“We find that even the parents who justify spanking to themselves are defensive and embarrassed about it....I suspect that deep in the memory of every parent are the feelings that had attended his own childhood spankings, the feelings of humiliation, of helplessness, of submission through fear. The parent who finds himself spanking his own child cannot dispel the ghosts of his own childhood.”
—Selma H. Fraiberg (20th century)
“Let your child be the teenager he or she wants to be, not the adolescent you were or wish you had been.”
—Laurence Steinberg (20th century)