from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being an orphan; orphanhood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Orphanhood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being an orphan.
  • noun The losing of both parents through death.


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  • The orphancy of waking, the umbilical cut from a dying dream.

    slow reads Peter 2010

  • We suggest that efforts be made to raise funds to be at once appropriated in aid of helpless orphans; that the facilities of existing institutions of learning and of private schools be used, so far as they can be made available; that arrangements be made to call forth the benevolence of the more wealthy and less needy sections of our State, to relieve the burden of those districts where orphancy and destitution dwell most together; that public attention can be so directed to the subject as to stimulate the private exercise of charity, and arouse to action the sympathies of those who have hearts to aid, but who, for any reason, do not choose to cooperate with us; and all this will contribute besides to form a public sentiment for the promotion of general education.

    Minutes of the 43d and 44th Anniversaries of the State Convention of the Baptist Denomination in S. C., held at Darlington, July 24th to 27th, 1863, and at Greenville, July 29th to August 1st, 1864. South Carolina Baptist Convention 1864


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