Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A violent or gesticulating preacher; one who employs violent action to give the effect or appearance of earnestness to his sermons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a noisy and vigorous or ranting public speaker

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Examples

  • Tom Hooper's monarch-ish drama about King George VI's struggles to overcome a stammer on the eve of the second world war is a deftly shot, beautifully acted, curiously moving tub-thumper buoyed by a classy bromance.

    A critic's view of the Baftas 2011

  • Like many people who count "Hitch" among their friends, I have watched with a certain degree of dismay how this lifelong champion of left-wing, anti-imperialist causes, this scourge of armed American hubris, this erstwhile booster of Vietcong and Sandinistas, this ex-Trot who delighted in calling his friends and allies "comrades," ended up as a loud drummer boy for President George W. Bush's war in Iraq, a tub-thumper for neoconservatism, and a strident American patriot.

    Christopher Hitchens'"Hitch 22": Left? Right? Center?

  • Many on the right hope that hot-button issues like abortion, contraception, school prayer and creationism will keep people voting against their own pocketbooks and for the tub-thumper issues that the religious right feeds on.

    Caryl Rivers: Backsliding on Roe

  • Moore's latest documentary drew tumultuous applause at the Venice film festival, suggesting that the veteran tub-thumper has lost none of his power to whip up a response.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Michael Moore's 'Capitalism' Flick Rips into Crimes of Wall Street

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    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Michael Moore's 'Capitalism' Flick Rips into Crimes of Wall Street

  • But the trouble that is brewing is from the chief union tub-thumper, soon-to-be Prime Minister, psychologically-flawed Gordon Brown.

    Trouble afoot

  • How thankful we ought to be that the historian, with his long sonorous words — flagitiosorum ac facinorosorum — did not make of our perfervid apothecary a mere tub-thumper of Corinthian prose!

    Henrik Ibsen

  • Matthews is a cool dude with years of experience as Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill's tub-thumper and a stint in the Carter White House who should be savvy about anything to do with politics and elections.

    Marvin Kitman: Playing the Fantasy Politics Game

  • I'm guessing it was the CJC's anti-hate tub-thumper, Bernie Farber.

    Farber: HRCs lack competence, are "dumping grounds" for political hacks - Ezra Levant

  • It is a disarming start to the memoir of a man usually caricatured as a bombastic tub-thumper.

    Blunt Diplomacy

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  • See also tub.

    May 15, 2018

  • tub-thumper – a speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter

    July 26, 2008