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Etymology

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Blend of freedom +‎ dumb. First use appears c. 1946.

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Noun

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freedumb (uncountable)

  1. (slang, derogatory, US politics) Stupidity masquerading as love of freedom; an assertion of one's personal liberty which is perceived to be unreasonable or motivated by stupidity.
    • 1946, The University of Michigan (publisher), Rubber Journal - Volumes 110-111, page 129:
      Otherwise they retain their freedom or independence at the expense of being unable to express their ideas in an ordered manner. "Freedumb" versus Freedom!
    • 1964, Pennsylvania Home Rule Association (contributor), Pennsylvania Road Builder - Volumes 37-38, page 5:
      We hear the cry freedom, freedom, on every side, but it seems some men spell it freedumb.
    • 1971, Ezra Pound, The Selected Letters of Ezra Pound, 1907-1941, page 265:
      ... all but the local hill-habitators who are all out and bigod they won't have any more cow if they ain't got freedumb to leave tubercles in the milk.
    • 1980, Institute of Traditional Cultures, Bulletin, page 83:
      But whoever claims vociferously and advocates 100% freedom within themselves know that it is not so and is only 100% 'FREEDUMB'
    • 1992, Jacqueline Kaye, Ezra Pound and America, page 27:
      ... Doob, following Pound's script, gives it as 'Freedumb Forum'.
    • 2000, Norma E. Leary, For God's Sake, page 59:
      The freedom for free speech is rapidly becoming freedumb on all four feet.
    • 2010, Maxine Y. Anderson, My Heart Aches So My Mind Bleeds - A Collection of Poetry, page 61:
      But justice takes a stand / And releases us from the turmoil, / Freedumb rings from the hand / But not from the soil
    • 2011, Laura Penny, More Money Than Brains: Why School Sucks, College is Crap, & Idiots Think They're Right:
      But freedumb also tells us that we can do whatever we like, because we're free to ignore those who think they know better.
    • 2016, Lucy Woodhull, 667 Ways to F*ck Up My Life:
      My first day of terrifying, amazing freedumb flew by in a stupor.
    • 2018, Joe Dixon, The Intelligence Wars: Logos Versus Mythos:
      The Mythos Trinity - free-market capitalism, Judaeo-Christianity, and freedumb and dumbocracy - is a ferociously difficult system to overthrow because it appeals so powerfully to so many people.
    • 2020, Mia Miata, The Goddess Code - Goddess in Womanifestation:
      Freedom or freedumb? Which do you choose?