from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ugly, mischievous elf or goblin.
- n. An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment; a bugbear: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans
- n. A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mischievous imp or sprite; an alarming apparition; hence, something that causes fear or disquiet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
- n. an object of dread or apprehension
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Bradford: But it's meaning is subject to diverse interpretations and when asked where this hobgoblin has been actually applied we are told Iraq … Iraq … Iraq … If you are looking for broader applications save yourself the time and effort.
But it's meaning is subject to diverse interpretations and when asked where this hobgoblin has been actually applied we are told Iraq … Iraq … Iraq … If you are looking for broader applications save yourself the time and effort.
I don't think you have a good grasp of either Singer's or the Bible's moral philosophy -- or of what the "hobgoblin" quote meant, for that matter.
Harris clearly knows it is a lying scare story, an imaginary "hobgoblin" designed to keep us alarmed & easily led & whatever his own witticisms, is desperate to censor any dissent.
Star Linda Blair suggested that only a child who was Catholic would have succeeded in the role because to her, the Devil was real, not some imaginary hobgoblin.
But as Ralph Waldo Emerson noted, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
Bugaboo is from the archaic term bogy boo -- a term for a hobgoblin or anything that haunts, bothers, bugs, harasses, irks, annoys, or frightens, like the bogeyman.
Of course, American politics is currently such that cutting taxes is far more popular than actual achievement. hobgoblin
And will Burgess promise "morning in Seattle"? hobgoblin
Is it "Have an affair with a staffer, foreigner, or sex worker!"? hobgoblin