infantilize[in fan′təl īz′]
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- infantilization noun
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transitive verb in·fan·til·ized, in·fan·til·iz·ing, in·fan·til·iz·es
- To reduce to an infantile state or condition: “It creates a crisis that infantilizes them—causes grown men to squabble like kids about trivial things” (New Yorker).
- To treat or condescend to as if still a young child: “The Victorian physician infantilized his patient” (Judith Moore).
- in·fanˌtil·i·zaˈtion noun