unmotherly

unmotherly

(ʌnˈmʌðəlɪ)
adj
not motherly
adv
without motherly feeling or sentiment
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Couple this with some other-worldly antagonists, like the Brethren, the Collector and the very unmotherly Mother, and it is more than sufficient to engender serious unease.
Apparently, she is not as stupid, selfish and unmotherly as I thought she was.
Many sufferers feel unmotherly or ungrateful but are experiencing one of the most common complications of childbirth.
But as is usually the case, grandiosity's flip side is vulnerability, and Sontag is most movingly self-analytical when tracking the roots of her love-troubles through her relationship with her narcissistic, unmotherly mother.
I would gladly have hurled all seven of ye down the slopes of hell for one night more with the nine-fingered fisherman and may I rot eternally for such unmotherly feelin'.
Rita, mother of three boys, is refreshingly unmotherly.
But this mother too, like Deborah, acts in a distinctly unmotherly way, committing a cold blooded murder.
Of course, there is the woman too; the very unmotherly Clare Hart who, against her betterjudgement, helps him hunt for his child.
treat[] any effort to frame problems in an adversarial context as unmotherly and harmful to the child.
In 'Swept and Garnished' (1915), (23) an unpleasant, distinctly unmotherly German housewife is haunted in her Berlin home by the ghosts of dead Belgian children: Frau Ebermann is as preoccupied with the impeccable cleanliness of her flat as she is convinced of the impeccable conduct of a German army fighting for a rightful cause.
In combination with biographical work that similarly characterizes Charlotte Bronte as unmotherly, there is resistance on the part of Bronte, Jane Eyre, and the critic to conceptualize Jane as what she ultimately becomes--a mother.
Instead, they serve to devalue and suppress rights talk, treating any effort to frame problems in an adversarial context as unmotherly and harmful to the child.