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  • n. Plural form of kill-joy.


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  • You could buy a turkey and you could get it roasted at the local bakery, though there is some talk in the novel of the kill-joys wanting to close down the latter.

    A Christmas Ramble

  • Indeed, there were many in Britain who viewed reformers like him as kill-joys who hated "pleasure and amusements," confusing moralizing with morality.

    The Slave Trade's Great Enemy

  • As ever, open source kill-joys had a few problems with Microsoft's license.

    Boing Boing

  • Still, we must no doubt avoid getting the reputation of kill-joys by repulsing them; for that sometimes happens.

    The Nicomachean Ethics

  • As a result of aristocratic propaganda, which could not forgive them for the execution of King Charles I, the name "Puritan" came to be falsely identified with dour kill-joys.

    Concise Dictionary of Religion

  • Plenty of sceptics and kill-joys will remind us about that.

    The 1971 Nobel Prize - Presentation Speech

  • Yet those whom the common people call, in their picturesque language, wet blankets, spoil-sports, or kill-joys, are not necessarily hostile to the gaiety of the rest.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • Only after an interval of forty years could I bear to read these kill-joys in translation.

    The Adventure of Living

  • Have we not vagrants enough besides plaguy beggars, kill-joys of the feast?

    Book XVII

  • Honest Londoners may sweat and toil with their begrudged fourteen days at the sea or in the country, but Society, caring nothing for unhealthy trades or ill-paid labour, unless a strike perchance affects their pockets or their comforts, drifts to where it can flirt, dance or gamble amid gay surroundings denied in London by our sanctimonious kill-joys.

    The Stretton Street Affair


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