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  • … Various aspects of the idea which Russians concisely express by the term poshlust … are split among several English words and thus do not form a definite whole …

    National Review Online

  • Some are junk, some are art, some are true and beautiful, some are pure poshlust, and you might not agree with me on which is which.

    Bookslut

  • Nabokov wrote that poshlust was not only "obviously trashy" work, but "the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever."

    Bookslut

  • So we have a collective, Oprah-fueled hard-on for poshlust.

    Bookslut

  • At one point she is telling us about what Nabokov called, poshlust, "is not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive."

    Paper Napkin

  • You have, says Nabokov, "poshlust in its ideal form … in this epic of the blond swimmer and the two swans he fondled."

    National Review Online

  • To exaggerate the worthlessness of a country at the awkward moment when one is at war with it … means walking dangerously close to that abyss of poshlust which yawns so universally at times of revolution or war.

    National Review Online

  • Russians (he says) particularly associate poshlust with Germans.

    National Review Online

  • Possibly I'm missing something worthwhile, but to me, sound'n'light shows are the very quintessence of poshlust.

    National Review Online

  • I say again (is that the sound of ice cracking beneath my feet?) that show falls upon my withered senses as irredeemably poshlust.

    National Review Online

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