angry young man
noun Date: 1941 1. an outspoken critic of or protester against an economic condition or social injustice 2. one of a group of mid-20th century British authors whose works express the bitterness of the lower classes toward the established sociopolitical system and toward the mediocrity and hypocrisy of the middle and upper classes

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