Definition of pabulum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpabjʊləm/
(also pablum)


[mass noun] literary
Bland or insipid intellectual matter, entertainment, etc.
Example sentences
  • I think what documentary filmmakers do is make an attempt - and non-fiction writing does this as well - to actually provide some understanding of the world, not just information and not just pabulum, but understanding.
  • The album continues in that vein, reminding listeners that aggressive, well-produced rock doesn't have to sound like Top 40 pabulum.
  • It's telling the truth instead of political pabulum.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'food'): from Latin, from the stem of pascere 'to feed'.

Words that rhyme with pabulum


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