tub-thumper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tub-thumper a noisy and vigorous or ranting public speaker
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tub-thumper A violent or gesticulating preacher; one who employs violent action to give the effect or appearance of earnestness to his sermons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tub-thumper (slang) a ranting preacher
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low Ger. tubbe; Dut. tobbe.

Usage

In literature:

He'sh a rare tub-thumper!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 4, 1891" by Various
Geologists were anathematised from the pulpits and railed at by tub-thumpers.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Geologists were anathematised from the pulpits and railed at by tub-thumpers.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He was not talking "principle," so beloved of the tub-thumper.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
A remonstrance from some earnest but illiterate tub-thumper might have been passed by with a light laugh, or at most a sneer.
"The Great Acceptance" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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