pabulum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pabulum insipid intellectual nourishment
    • n pabulum any substance that can be used as food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • pabulum That which feeds or sustains, such as fuel for a fire;
    • pabulum The means of nutriment to animals or plants; food; nourishment.
    • pabulum Trite or simplistic writing, sentiments, etc.; pablum{3}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pabulum Food, in the widest sense; aliment; nutriment; that which nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; by extension, that which nourishes or supports any physical process, as fuel for a fire.
    • n pabulum Hence, food for thought; intellectual or spiritual nourishment or support.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pabulum pab′ū-lum food of any kind, especially that of animals and plants: provender: fuel: nourishment for the mind
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., akin to pascere, to pasture. See Pastor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—pascĕre, to feed.

Usage

In literature:

For curiosity, in its idler sense, there was evidently pabulum enough.
"The Life of John Sterling" by Thomas Carlyle
Yes, don't you think that is a nice sort of intellectual pabulum for future public servants?
"Rosmerholm" by Henrik Ibsen
His pabulum was an unquenchable belief in the Unerring Artistic Adjustment of Nature.
"The Four Million" by O. Henry
And these people, bred on this pabulum, in turn make books.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
Africam initio habuere Gaetuli et Libyes, asperi incultique, quis cibus erat caro ferina atque humi pabulum, uti pecoribus.
"De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino" by Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
I was hungering for some other mental pabulum.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Coal, its dusky pabulum, was also practically a stranger on the upper Thames.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, No. 97, January, 1876" by Various
Does the absorber of mental pabulum from books argue wrongly from similar premises?
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
For mental pabulum also, every higher creature, and especially man, is at first dependent on adult aid.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
Such unromantic literature as Acts of Parliament had not, it may be supposed, up to this, formed part of my mental pabulum.
"Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland" by Joseph Tatlow
But is it plausible that such pabulum meets all the needs of those people who frequent these entertainments?
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 6" by Various
The prison had no facilities for administering spiritual pabulum to a British prisoner.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
Now you shall see another science that is no fit pabulum for fools.
"Caves of Terror" by Talbot Mundy
Being aware that she was a woman of culture his desire was simply to supply her with the pabulum that she would expect.
"The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II)" by Henry James
No wonder that, with such mental pabulum, you don't care for anything but dolls!
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
In Strasburg geese are crammed with food several times a day by opening their mouths and forcing the pabulum down the throat with the finger.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
They used that as the spiritual pabulum which nourished their English corporate life.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
We come now to fiction, which the experience of all libraries shows is the favorite pabulum of about three readers out of four.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The grove gave them wood; the stream, water; the plain, pabulum for their horses.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
But the provisional rulers took care that those under their guardianship should have stronger pabulum than spoon-meat.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
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In news:

The media had gathered for a rare "press conference" where Fox News' Ed Henry and ABC's Jake Tapper are usually the only ones who ever seem to ask a question that elicits anything other than filibustering presidential pabulum.
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