One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A young man dissatisfied with and outspoken against existing social and political structures.
- ‘In a grotto below an ancient church lies the tomb of Alexander Griboyedov, the author of Woe from Wit and the inventor of the original angry young man, the unhappy Chatsky.’
- ‘The age of austerity which followed ushered in the angry young men, the Movement, and the London School.’
- ‘Felgenhauer said the Russian army was turning out angry young men who were becoming a menace to society.’
- ‘So, yes, like a lot of angry young men, especially those who had been betrayed by both their government and their peers, said things which didn't sound great.’
- ‘But this slumping economy has raised the overall level of unemployment, creating an underclass of angry young men who see opportunity in causing anarchy.’
- ‘Like their namesakes in Britain in the 1950s, China's angry young men and women are the products of a fast-changing society in which rising expectations for the future contrast starkly with frustrations about the past and present.’
- ‘Back then, I was really the classic angry young man, and I don't think I'm that person anymore.’
- ‘Playwright/director Mouawad is one of our better angry young men, so Littoral isn't as tedious as it might be, even at three-and-a-half hours.’
- ‘In the late 1980s, to the ears of an angry young man, a lot of English music seemed to concentrate on colouristic dynamism, display of technique, and filling time with rapid successions of clever sonic gestures.’
- ‘But he concedes he is no longer the angry young man who took the anti-Thatcher anthem ‘Ghost Town’ to Number One in 1979.’
- ‘The only Brit in the pack, Elvis Costello, still comes over as an angry young man with songs like ‘Shipbuilding’ and ‘Alibi’ raging at the injustice of life with a righteous vigour.’
- ‘On the left we have Elton, the angry young man of the 1980s who arrived on the celebrity circuit amidst a torrent of invective aimed at the establishment at large, conservatism in general and Margaret Thatcher in particular.’
- ‘In his world at least those angry young men of his youth are still forever young and eternally kicking against the pricks.’
- ‘At that time, he was the quintessential angry young man - no doubt he'd been on the Aldermaston marches, complete with duffel coat and ‘Ban The Bomb’ placard.’
- ‘If Amitabh Bachchan was the original angry young man, surely Shah Rukh is the first modern intense romantic hero of Hindi films.’
- ‘His pose was that of the dandy and the aesthete, emphatically not that of the angry young man.’
- ‘More importantly, what makes a young man an angry young man?’
- ‘Amitabh Bachchan personified the angry young man, anti-hero whose disillusionment makes him turn to crime against an unjust society.’
- ‘Yet one can see in Flashman some of the qualities of the angry young men of the 1950s and subsequent decades though he would not thank us for saying so.’
- ‘After all, the angry young man who ends up as a pillar of the Establishment's so common in public life he's almost an archetype.’
- 1.1 A number of British playwrights and novelists of the early 1950s whose work was marked by irreverence toward the Establishment and disgust at the survival of class distinctions and privilege. Notable members of the group were John Osborne and Kingsley Amis.
- ‘Fifty years ago, another group of angry young men gave birth to the phrase in England, where it was coined to describe their collective literary revolt against the establishment.’
- ‘Eyebrows remained firmly horizontal when a distracted customer would mumble something about a novel about an athlete's pain written by one of those angry young men.’
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