Definition of the acceptable face of — in English:

the acceptable face of —

phrase

  • The tolerable manifestation or aspect of (something usually considered suspect or immoral)

    ‘the film's breezy domesticity is the acceptable face of sentimental guff’
    • ‘If this is the acceptable face of chain restaurants then I am all for it.’
    • ‘Somehow, Spy Daddy is the acceptable face of the female rescue fantasy.’
    • ‘Throughout his career he retained the Fauvist love of bright colour, but he toned down Fauvist aggressiveness to create a stylish and exuberant art that to many people represented the acceptable face of modernism.’
    • ‘Christopher Hogwood was the acceptable face of early music, a conductor who never allowed dogmas of authenticity to overwhelm musicality.’
    • ‘Frithiof the Viking becomes the acceptable face of constitutional monarchy, democratic accountability, social Darwinism, upward social mobility, and family values spirituality.’
    • ‘He was very much the acceptable face of militant republicanism.’
    • ‘Simmons is the acceptable face of rap culture and is reputed to be worth more than $200m.’
    • ‘Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis added: ‘Lap dancing presents itself as the acceptable face of the sex industry.’’
    • ‘For 25 years, Sir Richard (knighted in last year's millennium honours) has been the acceptable face of capitalism.’
    • ‘Each are the acceptable face of that much derided musical heritage - English folk music.’
    • ‘But Shanahan's isn't about bargain food, it's the acceptable face of excess.’
    • ‘The vacherin dish is the acceptable face of fondue for anyone still scared off by memories of clichéd Seventies fondue parties, and the reblochon tartiflette is the perfect teatime snack for straight after you get your boots off.’
    • ‘Since for Classical Realists morality is subordinate to power, hegemony is simply the acceptable face of dominance, and it declines when other states have sufficient power to challenge it.’
    • ‘Perhaps they want to elect, what would be to them, the acceptable face of conservatism.’
    • ‘Boris [elected as MP for Henley in June's general election] is the acceptable face of Conservatism; he gets out there and promotes the magazine.’
    • ‘Gold has been described as the acceptable face of the sex industry, pandering to the demands of British women who are apparently showing, as she describes it, a new spirit of ‘adventurism’.’
    • ‘Lap dancing clubs have opened all across the country, and men's magazines like Loaded and FHM remain the acceptable face of pornography.’
    • ‘David Begg was, for years, the acceptable face of trade unionism, a forward thinker who knew the union movement would have to adapt itself to the modern age.’
    • ‘Although the initials in both cases designate motorcycle clubs, MCC groups are the acceptable face of the biking movement.’
    • ‘The 44-year-old entrepreneur, already regarded as the acceptable face of racy retailing, will become an even bigger household name when Mind Your Own Business, which starts filming tomorrow, hits the screen in April.’