Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Antiquated; old-fashioned; very conservative.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The pace was set by Germany's capital, the mossbacked Rhineland town of Bonn.

    The Freedom To Shop

  • The United States of America -- that motley, multilingual, mongrel, mossbacked republic that had somehow, kingless and causeless, arisen by accident between the Crown Lands and New England.

    Alvin Journeyman

  • The young, of course, rebellious as always against the hide-bound, mossbacked, and reactionary older generation, joined the subterranean New Deal in droves.

    Children of the Lens

  • "not exactly of the gospel as it was understood by mossbacked theologians, of 'a creed outworn, '" but rather the "gospel of the new dispensation, of the new brotherhood -- the gospel of liberty, equality, fraternity."

    Gordon Keith

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  • Nice excerpt, Pro.

    April 17, 2009

  • I guess he had a knack for fitting and joining. Probably got himself all twisted up.

    April 16, 2009

  • The United States of America – that motley, multilingual, mongrel, mossbacked republic that had somehow, kingless and causeless, arisen by accident between the Crown Lands and New England. America, where men wearing buckskin were said to walk the halls of Congress along with Reds, Dutchmen, Swedes, and other semi-civilized specimens who would have been ejected from Parliament before they could speak a word aloud. More and more Verily Cooper turned his eyes to that country; more and more he yearned to live in a place where his gift for making things fit together could be used to the fullest. Where he could join things together with his hands, not just with his mind and with his words. Where, in short, he could live without deception.

    (Orson Scott Card, Alvin journeyman)

    April 16, 2009