One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A materialistic, complacent, and conformist businessman.
- ‘Such expectations are contrary to basic principles of academic freedom and will contribute to a college or university ‘replete with genial Babbitts.’’
- ‘People who don't live in New York, Hollywood, or divide their time between Virginia, Hyannis Port, or Nantucket estates and their Georgetown mansions view the rest of us as Babbitts.’
- ‘I think she believed it would liberate the American imagination, and teach the googly-eyed Babbitts who beheld the pictures that sex was something more than they believed it was.’
- ‘It may have amused him to have at one stroke enraged liberals and fellow-travellers, Trotskyists, Stalinists and Stalinoids, not to mention conservative Babbitts.’
From the name George Babbitt, the protagonist of the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis.
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