from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An action or behavior like that of a monkey.
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Numerous passages of this kind might be quoted, attacking the "monkeyism" and "parrotism" of those who indiscriminately adopted foreign manners and customs -- those who
The product, at the end of the day, is a very literary, heavy on style monkeyism, story which might just have a thin sheen of SF patina on it.
Before touching a single head, Fowler noted the Chinese custom of sitting on haunches instead of on chairs, a practice that he viewed as simian in nature: it “evinces a state of civilization quite inferior to our own,” he wrote, and bordered on “monkeyism.”
'Quite shocking!' responded her admirer, a bottle-nosed specimen of monkeyism.
The agility with which they climbed up their pyramidical nest was perfectly astonishing; and when the nimblest of them arrived at the top, the perfect state of confusion which seemed to pervade the whole community, and the continuance and fervour with which they were stopped and addressed by those who had escaped the mishap, were the monkeyism and perplexity of man truthful to a degree.