American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mischievous imp or sprite; an alarming apparition; hence, something that causes fear or disquiet.
- n. A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans
- n. by extension A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow.
- n. (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
- n. an object of dread or apprehension
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“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.”
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1937, coined in the fantasy tales of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
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