donnish


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Synonyms for donnish

Synonyms for donnish

characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters

Synonyms for donnish

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

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Far from donnish, this was a generation of dissident and anti-institutional intellectuals surviving on the economic margins until very recently.
Jurgen, played with donnish detachment by Matthew Brown, was probably the sanest of the lot as first the newly wedded couple's old friend Thea (Hayley Considine) turns up followed by Hedda's old flame Loevborg (Morgan Brind) while the kindly family friend Doctor Brack (Richard Ely) turned out to have a somewhat more earthy agenda.
In its more formal and donnish aspect, Sullivan's book contrasts "two rival forms of conservatism.
He was a terrific campaigner - against Euro-folly and for smokers' rights as well as Thatchernomics - but never strident, never the tiniest bit arrogant, a wry, donnish figure who published a barrage of papers that set the great debate of his time.
As various critics have objected, however, gender politics simmering beneath the surface of ostensibly sex-neutral negotiations colored the rhetoric of such image-constructions: In all likelihood prima donnish conduct constituted the sole option for ambitious female singers intent on securing professional recognition in a competitive, male-dominated world of impresarios, theater administrators, and "legitimate" (that is, male) performers.
The activities of the anti-war agitators, far from provoking the spite and paranoia evident in 1916 or 1917, seem to have been regarded merely as providing a mild stimulus for donnish lucubrations.
But as sensual as Middleton's place-names may sound, and as suggestive as the names that populate these "stories" may be, several of the texts have a kind of bookish quality, even sometimes to the point of sounding, to the less erudite, a bit donnish (a pun like per ardua ad aspirin might get more of a smile in a Senior Common Room than with the common, but less learned, reader).
Relaxed and donnish, the 65-year-old father-of-three exudes a youthful ebullience.
Roy Vagelos, Chairs Regeneron A donnish CEO Merck & Co.
Needless to say, the donnish manner of Ransom's speech in chapter 2 is quite different from the voice of personal anguish when the prospect of direct physical combat with the Evil One turns from abstract possibility to imminent reality.
Carpenter's donnish exorcism of his personal `nuclear nightmare' seems somewhat mundane in comparison with this passionate conviction that the `multiple role-playing' of the modern theatre can both establish `our predicament' and provide `our path to healing' (p.
His predecessor, the donnish Peter Jay, would have struggled to find the town on the map let alone deign to visit its humble football ground.
It was also a bit of a `freak show' as well -- people whom the public would think odd-looking, with `freakishly' enormous intellects, acting in a donnish faintly absurd way.
Nor is it evidence of a secret wild-child adolescence of a man renowned in later life for his donnish love of books.
It was an arena where the donnish, 5ft 3ins Mr Carman became a giant.