bodice ripper
noun Date: 1980 a historical or Gothic romance typically featuring scenes in which the heroine is subjected to violence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bodice-ripper — [bäd′is rip΄ər] n. a ROMANCE (n. 3) set in the past and having a formulaic plot that features scenes of sexual passion and violent action: also bodice ripper * * * …   Universalium

  • bodice-ripper — [bäd′is rip΄ər] n. a ROMANCE (n. 3) set in the past and having a formulaic plot that features scenes of sexual passion and violent action: also bodice ripper …   English World dictionary

  • bodice ripper — bodice rippers N COUNT (disapproval) You can refer to a film or novel which is set in the past and which includes a lot of sex scenes as a bodice ripper, especially if you do not think it is very good and is just intended to entertain people …   English dictionary

  • bodice-ripper — bodˈice rippˈer noun (informal) A romantic (historical) novel involving sex and violence • • • Main Entry: ↑bodice * * * ˈbodice ripper 7 [bodice ripper bodice rippers] noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bodice-ripper — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms bodice ripper : singular bodice ripper plural bodice rippers mainly journalism a book or film about romantic relationships in the 18th or 19th centuries, containing a lot of sex scenes …   English dictionary

  • bodice-ripper —    A novel, usually on a historical theme, with a plot that involves romantic passion between a vulnerable heroine and a rich, powerful male character, is called a bodice ripper.     The novel is a bodice ripper set in the French revolution …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bodice ripper — Informal. a modern Gothic novel or historical romance, usually in paperback format, featuring at least one passionate love scene, characteristically one in which the heroine vainly resists submitting to the villain or hero. Also called bodice… …   Universalium

  • bodice ripper — noun A sexually explicit romantic novel, usually in a historical setting, especially one involving the seduction of the heroine. My aunt would bring a stack of torrid bodice rippers with her to the beach, and would unfailingly blush if disturbed… …   Wiktionary

  • bodice-ripper —    a novel containing pornographic scenes    Usually written by women, and featuring an aggressive male attitude to casual copulation:     Anthony Looch s guide to bodice rippers. {Daily Telegraph, 17 December 1994, featured in a section normally …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bodice-ripper — noun humorous a sexually explicit historical novel or film. Derivatives bodice ripping adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • bodice-ripper — /ˈbɒdəs rɪpə/ (say boduhs ripuh) noun a work of romantic fiction, usually set in a historical period, which incorporates a degree of violent sexual passion. –bodice ripping, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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