angry young man


: an outspoken critic of or protester against an economic condition or social injustice
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Travis Bean, Forbes, 10 June 2022 To understand the gap between how Nitram saw himself versus how others perceived the inarticulate, angry young man, Kurzel assigned Jones tasks: film himself with a video camera, doodle in a diary. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Moses’s outfit is darker and dirtier, which is a spot-on look for this angry young man. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 22 Aug. 2021 Fellow student Thomas has graduated into an angry young man, critical of his father and overbearing toward his sister. Malcolm Forbes Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 18 Dec. 2020 The abused 8-year-old is suddenly the blasé college student; the angry young man is soon the emotional dropout, nearly as bad as his father and halfway pickled in gin. Jesse Green, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2020 The shooting Friday evening sparked protests in Mogadishu that continued Saturday with crowds of angry young men burning tires and demanding justice. Chronicle Staff,, 26 Apr. 2020 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, 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,, 14 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of angry young man was in 1951

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“Angry young man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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