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

Examples of angry young man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Review: 'The River Within,' by Karen Powell," 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, "Review: In ‘Three Kings,’ Hot Priest Sheds His Cassock," 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,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 25," 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, "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

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First Known Use of angry young man

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Angry young man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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