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Synonyms for callowness

lacking and evidencing lack of experience of life

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The Heaven of Mercury is a long, lush book written with none of the timidity and callowness one usually expects in a debut novel.
So the Boers are treated sympathetically, but Bosman is also completely unillusioned about their callowness and parochialism, their lack of discipline and their disorganisation.
The nonelection of 2000, combined with the chosen winner's incurable callowness, left him scrambling for a bit of gravitas.
While the movie has certain qualities that make it worth seeing, the first 30 minutes of adolescent callowness is just as boring as any American teenage movie.
Instead, Klein sees the visceral hatred and tortured ambivalence that parts of the country felt toward Clinton as rooted in Baby Boomer self-loathing: "Bill Clinton often seemed the apotheosis of his generations alleged sins: the moral relativism, the tendency to pay more attention to marketing than to substance, the solipsistic callowness.
Such an answer could do worse than turn to Flaubert's 1869 L'Education sentimentale, where an aesthetic based on periodic "effects," reverie, and the disintegration of narrative structures based on "lessons" becomes a psychosocial dilemma, producing a new kind of callowness which is most dramatically marked by the inability to attend to any but the smallest and briefest forms of cognitive d ata.
In the past we women have put this down to nastiness and callowness.
It corresponds to the callowness of my distant youth.
In this way, contemporary irony and callowness bump up against an old world of faith and magic.
If the youth recognizes his callowness in refusing to respond to her overtures ("youth is cruel, and has no remorse / And smiles at situations which it cannot see") his is nonetheless the privileged viewpoint.
When I was Anne Frank's age, I hated Anne Frank, and so did other disaffected American Jewish girls in the 1950s; but some of us used her too, to escape from lives we thought were awful, and for this callowness I still cringe.
We adults look back at the callowness of our high school years with a bit of amusement.
Of course, other, more prominent suspects have a hand in the death of desire chronicled again and again in Wilde's story; better known genealogies of boredom are duly rehearsed by the novel: the spots of commonness revealed when the loved one removes her stage makeup; the callowness of a lover whose desire can't endure the sight of them; and, most familiar of all, the satisfaction of desire that is also its end.
By having the editor of The Man-at-Arms repeat this comment in all seriousness, Wharton suggests not only his callowness but Ivy's inevitable failure.
The tone of this edition reflects the belletristic mood of its age and perhaps its author's own callowness.