from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed to appeal to a mass audience, as by incorporating popular, glamorous features: a high-concept screenplay.


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  • And it never loses its appetite for obvious high-concept ideas.

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  • A low-concept urban fantasy thriller exploring high-concept theological ideas.

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  • It was a fitting stage for such high-concept clothes: rubberized snow boots that gleamed like waxed Corvettes; vinyl skirts and cashmere-Lurex hoodies.

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  • The point is that Battlestar Galactica is presenting all the symptoms of an extended-run high-concept TV series in its decadent phase.

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  • "It involves superheroes, it involves a very high-concept plot, it's a story such as you never have seen before, and it spans the centuries," Lee said in a telephone interview from New York Comic Con, where he and MTV are set to announce the new series on Saturday.

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  • While most of the rest of the nation's elite campaigners have reliably gotten down into the intellectual gutter this campaign season, you really have to give credit to Christine O'Donnell in Delaware for transforming that Senate race into a high-concept campaign for the nature and meaning of the self.

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  • This high-concept suspense/ heist/cop/wrong-man thriller throws in everything except a giant ape to try and make its convoluted story stick.

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  • He cut a high-concept video of Mr. Genest and used it as a backdrop for the show, live-streamed over the Internet with an original score by Lady Gaga.

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  • Person of Interest, tasked to occupy CSI's critical former Thursday time slot, feels refreshingly non-formula, a high-concept action series from J.J. Abrams' cult factory with traces of Minority Report: the goal each week is to avert a crime before it happens, based on projections from an inexplicable computer program.

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  • After Mr. Jones signed on, they tried to develop a warmth lacking in many high-concept sci-fi thrillers.

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