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Synonyms for bawdry

something that is offensive to accepted standards of decency

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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.
(1.) In the Penguin edition of the book 'bawdry' is used instead of 'smut' as it is used in the Standard edition.
Burns, bawdry, and belligerence: these were to be Baxter's watchwords during his tenure of the Burns Fellowship.
In the anonymous play the wayward prince brags of visiting an Eastcheap tavern frequented by "a pretie wench / That can talk well": Hal's jest, "I delight as much in their toongs, / As any part about them" (lines 88-90), (37) contains an obvious touch of bawdry. But Shakespeare reserves the sexually illicit aspects of the Henriad for comedy--for the jokes of Falstaff and his Boar's Head companions (the likes of Mistress Quickly, Doll Tearsheet, and Pistol) and for Shallow's senile reminiscences of Inns-of-Court "bona robas" (2 Henry IV, 3.2.23).
Indeed, the life of Robert Burns showed that bawdry, even among the secular community, was often symptomatic of a troubled relationship with the Kirk, while his Holy Willie's Prayer satirised the hypocrisy of those who, quite literally, desired the best of both worlds.
"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. And his satires are much like this: "A satyr upon London" Who in old Sodom would live a day, Grow deaf with rattling of coaches; Where folly and noise is called brisk and gay And wit lies in studying debauches?
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).
In his diary, Hobhouse complains of the work's "blasphemy and bawdry" (2: 107).
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. In a passage which later became the most quoted section, Shakespeare's Venus had promised Adonis mysterious pleasures, invoking the world she knows he loves best, that of the chase: