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From Latin iuvenīlia, neuter plural of iuvenīlis (of or pertaining to youth).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːvɪˈniːljə/


juvenilia pl (plural only)

  1. (literature, plural only) Works produced during an artist's or author's youth. [from 1620s]
    • 1693, John Dryden, 'A Discourse on the Origin and Progress of Satire'[1]:
      ...rhyme was not his [Milton's] talent; he had neither the ease of doing it, nor the graces of it: which is manifest in his "Juvenilia" or verses written in his youth, where his rhyme is always constrained and forced,...
    • 1996, Kathryn Lindskoog, 'Light in the Shadowlands'[2]:
      Lewis’s juvenilia is childlike, and the way it has been handled is childish.
    • 1997, Tomoko Kuribayashi; Julie Tharp edd., quoting Susan Anne Carlson, “Incest and Rage in Charlotte Brontë’s Novelettes,”[3], quoted in 'Creating Safe Space,':
      Though there is a large body of criticism on Brontë’s novels, there are very few interpretations of the juvenilia,  []
    • 2003, James Fenton, 'The Strength of Poetry'[4]:
      The last line, adapted from Coleridge, reminds us that we are never such kleptomaniacs as in our juvenilia.

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