Babbitt

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Babbitt

self-satisfied conformer to middle-class ideas and ideals. [Am. Lit: Babbitt]

Babbitt

anti-intellectual, bourgeois conformist. [Am. Lit.: Babbitt]
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To his critics, Harvey's knee-jerk support of men in uniform is of a piece with his rejection of the forces of modernity--a simplistic, boosterish approach that hearkens back to the era of American Babbitry, a Calvin Coolidge view of the world from the top down.
Allusions to Babbitt or babbitry are frequent enough that we understand by context that those words mean a smug middle-class conformity.
Gender impersonation was relegated to the so-called popular entertainments - the variety stage, honky-tonks, pantomime, and the "womanless weddings" of small-town Babbitry in which the local mayor, fire chief and other dignitaries drag up for charitable purposes.