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Synonyms for bawdry

something that is offensive to accepted standards of decency

Synonyms for bawdry

lewd or obscene talk or writing

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Ramsay seems to have been somewhat less self-conscious in presenting his bawdry to the general public than Burns, as his was circulating in chapbooks from early on in his career.
In endorsing this 'underground' paper--as well as the 'Small Ode', Baxter contributed an otherwise unpublished (and fairly undistinguished) piece of bawdry entitled 'Treasure Song' and a short essay on 'The Puritan Devil'--Baxter was not only supporting the students against the University authorities; he was supporting the more radical elements of the student body against a staid and conformist Students Association.
It's a marvelous mix of political, satire, anti-war sentiment and bawdry humor.
Two were "taken out of a notorious and reputed house of Bawdry in Company with Lewd women," and had assaulted him in their anger at being stopped in their activities.
When the married Lord Sandwich, who appeared to undergo some sort of midlife crisis in 1663, disgraced himself by going off to live in Chelsea with his mistress, Pepys was deeply shocked and even went to the length of writing him a letter to express his concern--an extremely brave gesture from a lifelong dependent and protege The example set by the Court was key: when Pepys remarked in 1660 that Sandwich had become "a perfect Courtier" he did not mean it as a compliment, and he frequently expressed his opinion that "there is nothing almost but bawdry at Court from top to bottom"--though disapproval did not keep him from lusting after Lady Castlemaine, the king's glitzy, high-profile mistress: "strange it is, how for her beauty I am willing to conster all this to the best .
His songs, many of them published in Pills to Purge Melancholy (1719-20), are mostly low-life bawdry.
We whose wallets depend on the Bard rarely admit that the Fool's bawdry may evoke "the wearisome uneasiness which one experiences when listening to jokes which are not witty" (51).
138-139), advierte esta condicion plural del discurso teatral en la obra de Beckett: "Our play draws on Geek theater whith its limited number of actors, its crises always offstage, and its absent divinity; on Noh theater with its symbolic tree, its nuances and its ritual dance; on commedia dell'arte, improvised before our eyes; on twentieth-century experimental theater; and on vaudeville with its castoff clowns, stumblings, shamblings, delicate bawdry, acrobatics, and astringent pointlessness.
This is a far cry from Allen's familiar bawdry, such as Alvy Singer realizing that he has been trying to do to a Republican worker what Eisenhower has been doing to the country.
In language lush with bawdry Milton depicts him, the intrepid seducer, as the subject of punishment for adultery under ancient law.
As Oenone's speech becomes more sexually explicit some of the rhetorical strategies borrowed from Shakespeare tumble over into farcical bawdry.
This Romeo and Juliet mutes hormonal sizzle and bawdry.
These stories are riotous, vintage Vian: full of exquisite Pataphysical bawdry, any number of superfluous characters, and a delicious disdain for the logic of the Cartesian universe.
A technical difficulty arises in reviewing Larkin's Letters: in all my experience I have never seen or read such foul-mouthed language, the whole virtuoso gamut of bawdry, swear-words often in every line, particularly in the earlier letters and to male cronies like Kingsley Amis.
A raconteur who excels in shorter forms, he's tried everything from bawdry to bedtime story with great results--and now a sustained entertainment that pursues two threads, two lives--those of a singular young man, Francis With, and a radio station, WLT.