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 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.
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His pabulum was an unquenchable belief in the Unerring Artistic Adjustment of Nature.
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.
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This, as I suggested to the PRSP, was pabulum, an obvious, lame attempt at a rationalization.
Such a claim, however, was typical Cold War pabulum that differed tremendously from the language of outsider scientists such as Linus Pauling, who morally castigated the American people as "murderers, mass murderers" for testing nuclear weapons [No More War
An unseen man upstairs, dishing out pabulum, approval and approbrium, entirely arbitrarily.
Over the last 15 years, the steady seethe of progressive social engineering on campus has become an outright pressure cooker, venting in short order such soft-boiled pabulum as campus safe spots, free speech zones, trigger warnings, white privilege studies, and microaggressions --Orwellian constructs that contribute to the expanding ideological harassment, unequal application of rules, and outright censorship of ideas that typify modern campus life.
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.
Instead, it's open wide and say ahh to pabulum poesy.
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.