angry young man


Definition of angry young man

1 : an outspoken critic of or protester against an economic condition or social injustice
2 : one of a group of mid-20th century British authors whose works express the bitterness of the lower classes toward the established sociopolitical system and toward the mediocrity and hypocrisy of the middle and upper classes

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At the time, however, critics and listeners mostly found the band insane—four angry young men brazenly wrecking themselves in service of who knows what. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 Amid the punk and emerging New Wave scene of the late ’70s — characterized by spiky hair, clothespins, low-slung guitars and leather jackets, torn T-shirts and angry young men — the B-52s arrived to the party in seeming Technicolor. Hector Saldana,, "How the B-52s impacted San Antonio’s music scene in the ’80s," 14 Aug. 2019 Of course, angry young men will still kill people, with pickup trucks, knives, sticks and fists. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Forget large-magazine bans and universal background checks," 13 Aug. 2019 The teachers who met James Earl Ray as a boy saw a proud, angry young man suffering from neglect. Héctor Tobar, The New Yorker, "The Assassin Next Door," 22 July 2019 The suggestion that lost, angry young men might do better to channel their energies towards basic grooming and life skills is not an unhelpful one. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 At a time when the storied Vice Lords street gang controlled nearly all of the West Side, House — a stout, intimidating, yet charming and approachable chieftain — could compel order from even the angriest young men on the block. William Lee,, "Fierce gang leader went from death row to respected 'Mayor of Chicago Avenue'," 29 June 2018 Or it could be tucked into the waistband of an angry young man and used in another homicide. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "The gun that killed Marshall County students could kill again, thanks to lawmakers | Gerth," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of angry young man

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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