bodice ripper

noun

: a historical or Gothic romance typically featuring scenes in which the heroine is subjected to violence

Examples of bodice ripper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list of the best new series heading to the market includes a glossy British bodice ripper, a Chinese gold-rush adventure tale, an all-American Western and an Irish drama to help ease the pains of Peaky Blinders withdrawal. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 Gentlemen Callers is not a classic romance novel or a straightforward bodice ripper, Zoë Hu points out. Nicole Acheampong, The Atlantic, 2 Sep. 2022 Eiffel makes better sense, perhaps, as a high-gloss bodice ripper than a history lesson; the rest is lost in translation. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 3 June 2022 Even the romance novel genre, which shares some DNA with the Outlander saga despite Gabaldon's insistence that her books are not bodice rippers, has moved away from those tropes. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 11 May 2020 The emotional intensity reads as internal to the characters, that of a bildungsroman rather than the sensational projections of a bodice ripper. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 12 Feb. 2020 Interpreters have treated it as everything from a bodice ripper to a deep philosophical treatise. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, 26 Feb. 2018 From Guillermo del Toro, this lavish love story between a mute cleaning woman, played by Sally Hawkins, and a scaly amphibian man, played by Doug Jones, is part of a grand tradition of human-monster cinematic bodice rippers. Bruce Fretts, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bodice ripper was in 1978

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“Bodice ripper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodice%20ripper. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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