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STEP-MOTHER. In Latin noverca, is the wife of one's father, who is not the mother of the person spoken of.

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Her father's re-marriage brings a new step-mother and new home town and both have their secrets.
Loving wife of Jack, much loved mam of Michael, Janice, Eileen, Linda, Allison and Gillian, dearly loved mother-in-law, step-mother, grandma and great-grandma of all the family and dear sister of Jeanette and Ken.
The victim's biological mother revealed that she learnt from her children that their step-mother always physically assaulted them and deprived them of food.
The Four Streets by Nadine Dorries (Head of Zeus, PS10 in hardback, our April 8) A HEARTBREAKING tale set in the heart of 1950s Irish-Catholic Liverpool, where red-haired Nellie is dealing with step-mother problems and her best friend Kittie is suffering with the weight of a deep secret.
They blame their step-mother (Kris) for all of the plastic surgery he has had over the years," the source said.
Gosnell had reportedly been taking the role of a step-mother to the 'Fast and Furious' star's 15-year-old daughter Meadow.
The step-mother denied the accusations against her.
When the body was found the boy's father, step-mother and uncle were arrested.
She is also step-mother to Brian's son Kassius, 11.
His father and step-mother had admitted cruelty on the basis they had not ensured that he had prompt medical attention.
In the latest case, a 14-year-old girl is alleged to have been sexually assaulted by her father and a relative of her step-mother.
Hamad, who is Emirati, was found guilty of murdering Wadeema and torturing her seven-year-old sister Meyra with the help of the girls' 27-year-old step-mother, Al Anood Mohammad Al Ameri.