Definitions

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  • n. In fiction, drama, or allegory, the archetypical ordinary individual, frequently the protagonist in a parable of some sort.

Etymologies

Perhaps from the Flemish play Elckerlijc (c. 1495) or its English translation Everyman (c. 1520) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The everyman is dealing with the duties that any human being might, and doing so with a weaker will.

    A Theory of Modes and Modalities

  • As the antagonist of myth may also be a god, as myth deals with, in effect, a society of gods, so in legend the value of everyman is shifted up to demigod.

    A Theory of Modes and Modalities

  • Or, possibly, the $4.50 gasoline price has absorbed every available erg of populist anger, or -- yet another possibility -- today's financial failures are too complex to stick in everyman's craw.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • We've tried the entitled everyman legacy admission President with disastrous results.

    Source: Hillary TV Ad Campaign Is Now 100% Negative In Most Pennsylvania Markets

  • The one where the nebbish everyman is on one side of the modesty barrier and his bevy of love-sick beauties is on the other?

    13th June '06

  • I understand the desire to connect to the "everyman" -- the typical consumer, but here the ad seems to suggest that Windows users simply are not cool.

    The Industry Standard - Comments

  • But this is a post-Promethean world, an industrial, capitalist, consumerist, information age world where the everyman is hero.

    Of Genres and Sub-Genres

  • Clearly, this is a collection of songs about Springsteen's favorite topic, the everyman aka working man trying to catch a break, whether it be with that "Queen of the Supermarket" ( "where aisles and aisles of dreams await you"), or with that someone who is his "lucky day" when he's "seen strong hearts give way ... to the weary hands of time."

    Mike Ragogna: HuffPost Review: Bruce Springsteen -- Working On A Dream

  • Lynch just seems like he was breaking his neck in that interview to come off a humble, everyman, which is more fakewith his: "OMG, George sent a car to pick me up at the airport and drove a ferrari to lunch, I'm just a small time director!"

    David Lynch Talks About Not Directing Return of the Jedi | /Film

  • "All these protagonists are meant to be very relatable to what I lovingly describe as our everyman audience," he says.

    The Think-Positive Gambit

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