pabulum


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pab·u·lum

 (păb′yə-ləm)
n.
1. A substance that gives nourishment; food.
2. Intellectual material that is bland, trite, or insipid; pablum: "TV ... gobbled up comedy material and spat it out as pabulum" (Richard Corliss).

[Latin pābulum; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. Sense 2, by confusion with pablum.]

pabulum

(ˈpæbjʊləm)
n
1. food
2. food for thought, esp when bland or dull
[C17: from Latin, from pascere to feed]

pab•u•lum

(ˈpæb yə ləm)

n.
1. something that nourishes; food.
2. intellectual nourishment.
3. a soft, bland cereal for infants.
[1670–80; < Latin pābulum food, nourishment =pā(scere) to feed + -bulum n. suffix of instrument]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pabulum - any substance that can be used as foodpabulum - any substance that can be used as food
food, nutrient - any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
tuck - eatables (especially sweets)
2.pabulum - insipid intellectual nourishment
food for thought, intellectual nourishment, food - anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking

pabulum

noun
2. That which sustains the mind or spirit:
Translations

pab·u·lum

n. L. pabulum, alimento o sustancia alimenticia mezcla de trigo y avena.
References in classic literature ?
Even more, we have seen amongst us that he can even grow younger, that his vital faculties grow strenuous, and seem as though they refresh themselves when his special pabulum is plenty.
His pabulum was an unquenchable belief in the Unerring Artistic Adjustment of Nature.
It's all pabulum and platitudes, of course, but at least it's part of developing a conscience.
history and civics than can public schools, which often face serious pressures to teach lowest-common-denominator pabulum lest conflict break out among ideologically and politically diverse people.
Hush Hush is great fun to read for the introduction of Carla Scout, the new incarnation of working mom Tess, and for its lively suspense, but the pabulum it serves up about parenthood should have been left off the plate.
There is a discerning theater audience in Houston, which deserves and appreciates material, like Faith Healer, that is demanding, and not the easy pabulum that is served up on so many stages in Houston and much of the rest of the country.
Difficulty annoys them, and, having become accustomed to so much pabulum served up by a pandering and invertebrate media, they experience difficulty not just as "difficult," but as insult.
Yet this is the traditionally recommended intellectual pabulum we give to young children.
Pabulum is in the dictionary and is described as a "solution of nutrients in a state suitable for absorption" which sounds to be vaguely in the right gastronomic area.
To have a newspaper editor publicly dismiss the inspired work of his hard-working colleagues across the country as pabulum was disappointing but not disheartening.
Yet every quarter, just days before and in some cases only hours before their board meeting, directors receive a several-inch-thick agenda book, which is half pabulum and self-congratulation of the senior management team and half financial-related statements that no conscientious director could quickly absorb on his own.
At some point you look at a totally formulaic movie, made as cinematic pabulum for a totally undiscriminating audience, and the thought that any industry relying on such fluff for its bread and butter must be on the verge of implosion doesn't seem so far-fetched after all.