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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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Contrary to the image of these organizations as havens for sweating Babbitry, Beito shows that fraternal organizations were especially popular with people near the bottom of the social scale, who were most in need of the cushion and connections a lodge could provide.
The concept of pre-emptive reform bas never, to my mind, been of any use in North America, where babbitry rules supreme in business circles and accommodation with dissident minorities has rarely been seen as worthwhile or necessary.
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.