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He was a prosperous real-estate broker, a pillar of his Midwestern community, and a believer in success for its own sake. George F. Babbitt was his name and complacent American middle-class values were his game. He was created by Sinclair Lewis in the satirical 1922 novel Babbitt, and the fictional protagonist's name quickly became a synonym for one who adheres to a conformist, materialistic, unimaginative way of life.
Origin and Etymology of babbitt
George F. Babbitt, character in the novel Babbitt (1922) by Sinclair Lewis
First Known Use: 1923
Definition of Babbitt
Irving 1865–1933 Am. scholar
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