step-mother

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step-mother

A female caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-mother is the second wife of a child's biological father. I live with my mom during the week and then visit my dad and step-mother every other weekend.
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But her step-mother did not like her, and the poor girl's days were spent in weeping; for it was impossible to live peacefully with the woman.
In the meantime the wicked step-mother was waiting at home for news of the girl's death, and preparing pancakes for the funeral feast.
In other words, the step-mother of Blanche, and the enviable person who had taken the house and lands of Windygates.
Miss Blanche--taking no notice of her step-mother's reproof, or of her uncle's commentary on it--pointed to a table on which croquet mallets and balls were laid ready, and recalled the attention of the company to the matter in hand.
"Yes; it was he who saved the life of your step-mother and her son."
Courted by my step-mother, who regards him as the epitome of human wisdom; admired by my father, who says he has never before heard such sublime ideas so eloquently expressed; idolized by Edward, who, notwithstanding his fear of the count's large black eyes, runs to meet him the moment he arrives, and opens his hand, in which he is sure to find some delightful present, -- M.
Margaret sympathized, but in a formal fashion, and Dolly little imagined that the step-mother was urging Mr.
That glad, happy air, that winsome sky, did at last stroke and caress him; the step-mother world, so long cruel -- forbidding --now threw affectionate arms round his stubborn neck, and did seem to joyously sob over him, as if over one, that however wilful and erring, she could yet find it in her heart to save and to bless.
In the hall below Ursula saw her step-mother, looking troubled and vexed.
Nature had surely formed her in a partial mood; and, forgetting her usual stinted step-mother dole of gifts, had endowed this, her darling, with a grand-dame's bounty.
And meanwhile my daughter by my first wife has grown up; and what my daughter has had to put up with from her step-mother whilst she was growing up, I won't speak of.
He will come in that day and He will ask: 'Where is the daughter who gave herself for her cross, consumptive step-mother and for the little children of another?
Rose wrote that she was miserably unhappy with her step-mother. Could she live with them until she found a job?
'Mobbs's step-mother,' said Squeers, 'took to her bed on hearing that he wouldn't eat fat, and has been very ill ever since.
Their step-mother, however, had always been most generous to them; indeed, they were so young at the time of their father's remarriage that they always thought of her as their own mother.