from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state of being clownish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The manners of a clown; coarseness or rudeness of behavior.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being clownish; rusticity; coarseness or rudeness of behavior or language; incivility; awkwardness.
SOCRATES: And ignorance, and what is termed clownishness, are surely an evil?
And ignorance, and what is termed clownishness, are surely an evil?
This is going to be a test for Sen. Obama; if he can get through this kind of clownishness without losing it, he will have earned whatever prize is at the end of the trail.
I can see how his combination of gentle clownishness and fierce curmudgeonliness would have a muse-like effect on the people he works with.
Like no one before him or since, he shows the clownishness of playing at revolution—clownishness that, in this novel, results in tragedy.
Anyone who repeats the NPR spin majors in clownishness.
I also find Rylance's outfit a tad too obvious in its clownishness.
Tracy wholeheartedly rejects hard work (this is best captured in the episode called "The Natural Order," in which it is demonstrated that only in an "upside-down" world could Tracy be asked to sincerely labor), and so he relies on his preternatural clownishness and the coattails of his paternal writers and producers for success.
In the clownishness that we regard as presidential campaigning, none of the contenders has much to say on the matter.
But because Beck enjoys the backing of the Murdoch empire, with millions of devoted viewers and listeners, his clownishness, whether intentional or not, is not merely his problem but ours as well.
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