misgrowth

misgrowth

(ˌmɪsˈɡrəʊθ)
n
an abnormal or distorted growth
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For Coleridge this potentially global audience is an inevitable excrescence of the traffic in books--what in the Statesman's Manual he had called "the misgrowth of our luxuriant activity." (39) The "manufacturing" and migration of books, in turn, comprise a circulatory system, at once autonomous and unstoppably automatic, which Coleridge, like the United Irishmen before him, figures as the turning of "a barrel organ," a machine that simultaneously produces and distributes sound (38-39).
Behind this lay a further failure to anchor itself in the specifically Scottish tradition of anti-Catholicism and appear anything other than a misgrowth and "unwelcome import." (3) Of course, Orangeism's failure to develop a more respectable reputation does not mean that it did not make a significant impact on Scottish society.