pamphlet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pamphlet a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet
    • n pamphlet a small book usually having a paper cover
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pamphlet A small book consisting of a few sheets of printed paper, stitched together, often with a paper cover, but not bound; a short essay or written discussion, usually on a subject of current interest.
    • Pamphlet A writing; a book. "Sir Thomas More in his pamphlet of Richard the Third."
    • v. i Pamphlet păm"flĕt To write a pamphlet or pamphlets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pamphlet A manuscript consisting of one sheet or of a few sheets of paper or parchment stitched (or otherwise fastened) together.
    • n pamphlet A printed work consisting of a few sheets of paper stitched together, but not bound; now, in a restricted technical sense, eight or more pages of printed matter (not exceeding five sheets) stitched or sewed, with or without a thin paper wrapper or cover.
    • n pamphlet In the sixteenth century, in England, a fascicle comprising a few printed sheets stitched together, containing news-ballads and short poems on popular subjects: also known as a news-book, which developed later into the newspaper.
    • n pamphlet A short treatise or essay, generally controversial, especially one on some subject of temporary interest which excites public attention at the time of its appearance; a writing intended to publish one's views on a particular question, or to attack the views of another.
    • pamphlet To write a pamphlet or pamphlets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pamphlet pam′flet a small book consisting of one or more sheets stitched together, but not bound: a short essay on some interesting subject
    • n Pamphlet the practice of writing pamphlets
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Quotations

  • Clare Boothe Luce
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    “In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pamflet, pamfilet, paunflet, possibly fr. OF. palme, the palm of the hand, F. paume,see Palm) + OF. fueillet, a leaf, dim. of fueil, m., F. feuille, f., fr. L. folium, pl. folia, thus meaning, a leaf to be held in the hand; or perh. through old French, fr. L. Pamphila, a female historian of the first century who wrote many epitomes; prob., however, fr. OF. Pamflette, the Old French name given to Pamphilus, a poem in Latin verse of the 12th century, pamphlets being named from the popularity of this poem

Usage

In literature:

He paid her ten guineas for her pamphlet, and these she at once gave to Mr. and Mrs.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
While I was waiting alone in the study, I happened to take up a pamphlet that lay upon the table.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
While the tone of this pamphlet is earnest and pious, it is not truly fervent.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
The man who slays Newton in a pamphlet is the man for me.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
Franklin carried copies of a pamphlet called "Common Sense," written by one T. Paine.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
How otherwise is this pamphlet here?
"A Sketch of the Life of the late Henry Cooper Barrister-at-Law, of the Norfolk Circuit; as also, of his Father" by William Cooper
The pamphlet is such as rage might be expected to dictate.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
The first pamphlet that Carey published in Ireland was a treatise on duelling.
"The Philadelphia Magazines and their Contributors 1741-1850" by Albert Smyth
The amount of discussion that attended the dispute was prodigious: pamphlets, and letters without end.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
The committee circulated pamphlets and the like.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
The quack advertisements and pamphlets are the source of incalculable evils to youths between the ages of seventeen and thirty.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
The count distributed his pamphlets, requesting them to hand them round to other people.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
I am sending you an extract from an impertinent little pamphlet entitled 'Letter to the Author of the Justification of Jean Jacques.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
Little was known of his pamphlet, for it was kept out of the country by censorship in Russia.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
She pointed out in a pamphlet that the schismatic Lancaster was weakening the Established Church.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
There are also no signatures; but the pamphlet is composed of three sheets, each two leaves, making twelve pages in all.
"A Bibliography of the writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow" by Thomas J. Wise
As I mentioned him in the pamphlet, it would look indelicate.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
A few days after there came to him a pamphlet directed in a woman's hand.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
In the old pamphlet from which I have already quoted, edited in 1845 by Moses Y.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
This will appear presently in a description of the war of the broadsides and the pamphlets.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
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In poetry:

FRANK JEFFREY, of the Scotch Review,—
Whom MOORE had nearly shot in town,—
Now, with his pamphlet stitched in blue
And yellow, d—ns the other two,
But lauds the ever-glorious U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
He comes with a careless "How d' ye do?"
And seats himself in my elbow-chair;
And my morning paper and pamphlet new
Fall forthwith under his special care,
And he wipes his glasses and clears his throat,
And, button by button, unfolds his coat.
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For I 'ad no tracts to save me, to thwart that mad missile's doom;
I 'ad no pious pamphlets to 'elp me to cheat the tomb;
I 'ad no 'oly leaflets to baffle a bullet's aim;
I'd only — a deck of cards, boys, but . . . it seemed to do just the same.
"The Ballad Of Soulful Sam" by Robert W Service

In news:

Place pamphlets and CD-ROMs in your exam rooms, as these can be excellent educational aids during your CL consultation.
Republicans Challenge Monnes Anderson's Claims in Voters Pamphlet .
An eight-page color pamphlet explains the company's various products and services.
A reference in a tourism brochure to local white supremacist activity in the 1920's will be deleted from the pamphlet , promotion officials said.
A Federal judge yesterday stopped further publication of a pamphlet used by a conservative religious organization to press its case that the National Endowment for the Arts is supporting pornography.
How Accurate Are Candidate Statements In The Voter's Pamphlet .
Judge Orders Reprinting Of SD Voter Pamphlets.
Bacon-and-tomato-scented solanka soup, pancakes stuffed with a salty cheese and dill mixture -- was delicious, but I was more intrigued by a pamphlet on my table, telling the Dzirnavas story.
An couple on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk push a toddler in a stroller past a discarded pamphlet advertising exotic dancers.
A collection of political direct-mail pamphlets produced by the Mammen Group.
Morrow, $30, 552pp) is not your grandma's little blue staple-bound pamphlet of jam recipes.
For online local and statewide Voters' Pamphlets.
A photo of Just Andersen in a pamphlet published by Steve Turner Gallery in 1995.
David Everitt's history of the pamphleteers who hunted 'pinkos.
A pamphlet that dates back to and comments on the revolutionary war.
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In science:

Planned obsolescence is a term first coined in the title of Bernhard London’s pamphlet “Ending the Depression Through Planned Obsolescence” in 1932.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
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