Definitions

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  • n. A hypocrite.

Etymologies

The name of a character in the play The Hypocrite (1769) by Isaac Bickerstaffe, from maw-worm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [1] Mawworm was an eighteenth-century forerunner of Chadband in Bickerstaffe's play The Hypocrite.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • When the Record attacked the Queen for having a band at Windsor on Sunday, and alluded to Nero fiddling while Rome burned, Punch unblushingly called the editor "a brimstone-faced Mawworm."

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • At night he keeps his word by coming down dressed like the proverbial methodist Mawworm.

    Happy-Thought Hall

  • He would be the very Mawworm of bachelors who pretended not to expect it.

    Middlemarch

  • Mawworm and Aminidab Sleek then play a role in every household, and every child becomes a wretched little Roscius.

    The Gypsies

  • = Mawworm =, a vulgar copy of Dr. Cantwell “the hypocrite.”

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook, Vol. 3

  • For this feeling and thus speaking this Writer compares me to "Mawworm."

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

  • I found him telling Christians that they will always seem 'artificial,' and 'wanting in openness and manliness;' that they will always be 'a mystery 'to the world, and that the world will always think them rogues; and bidding them glory in what the world (i.e. the rest of their countrymen) disown, and say with Mawworm,' I like to be despised. '

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

  • For thus feeling and thus speaking this writer has the charitableness and the decency to call me "Mawworm."

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

  • 'artificial,' and 'wanting in openness and manliness;' that they will always be 'a mystery 'to the world; and that the world will always think them rogues; and bidding them glory in what the world (that is, the rest of their fellow-countrymen) disown, and say with Mawworm,' I like to be despised. '

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

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