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  • noun derogatory smug self-satisfaction and a lack of interest in the affairs of others


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Podsnap +‎ -ery, referring to a character Mr. Podsnap in Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend (1864–1865), in which this word was also coined. Podsnap was "conscious that he set a brilliant social example in being particularly well satisfied with most things, and, above all other things, with himself".


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  • And "Podsnappery" exists among women even more than among men, because of their more sensitive emotional nature.

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  • It was somehow understood, as a secret article in the state proprieties of Podsnappery that nothing must be said about the day.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • There was not much youth among the bathers, but there was no youth (the young person always excepted) in the articles of Podsnappery.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • These may be said to have been the articles of a faith and school which the present chapter takes the liberty of calling, after its representative man, Podsnappery.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • It may not be so wrirten in the Gospel according to Podsnappery; you may not ‘find these words’ for the text of a sermon, in the

    Our Mutual Friend

  • Whereupon, arranging herself in an expert parody of the Marine Insurance agent's selfimportant posture, she launches into her own version of the scheduled musical Podsnappery:

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  • The rage for rising in the social scale ruins the Veneerings, and Podsnappery is a well-chosen name far the heartless dogmatism which rules in English society.

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  • It is in fact (he will welcome an allusion to Dickens almost as much as one to Aristotle) the higher Podsnappery.

    The Melting-Pot

  • Podsnappery of the hour in its vigilance against moral and religious taint.

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  • Then the discreet automaton who had surveyed his ground, played a blossomless tuneless 'set,' and sixteen disciples of Podsnappery went through the figures of - 1, Getting up at eight and shaving close at a quarter past - 2, Breakfasting at nine - 3, Going to the City at ten - 4, Coming home at half-past five - 5, Dining at seven, and the grand chain.

    Our Mutual Friend


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