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Definition 1: an object of dread or apprehension - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where hobgoblin or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Germany was always a bugbear for France
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

Synonyms for hobgoblin in the sense of this definition

(hobgoblin is a kind of ...) the focus of cognitions or feelings

"objects of thought" "the object of my affection"

Definition 2: (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for hobgoblin in the sense of this definition

(hobgoblin is a kind of ...) a spirit tending to cause harm

(hobgoblin belongs to category ...) the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture

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