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A.Word.A.Day--babbitt

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This week's theme: eponyms.

babbitt (BAB-it) noun

A self-satisfied narrow-minded person who conforms to conventional ideals of business and material success.

[After the main character in Sinclair Lewis's 1922 novel Babbitt.]

See more usage examples of babbitt in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"'I've learned to be a merchant without being a Babbitt,' [David Schwartz] told Journal Sentinel book editor."
Jim Higgins; Bookseller Sought to Feed the Soul; The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Jun 8, 2004.

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