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It refers to a person who sees, say, a beautiful landscape painting and chooses to sneer that the painter obviously doesn't like people. This is corrupt -- he's ascribing evil motives on insufficient evidence -- and repulsive rather than charming. Wilde is being witty here and saying that being charm is enough to mitigate being corrupt, but these people don'...


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"Find ugly meanings in beautiful things." : Tendency to, in an unbalanced way, hyper focus on the newly found bad aspects of a traditionally praised person, place, or thing. "Corrupt without being charming." : Perhaps the only reason the "bad" was noticed in the first place is because of our own insecurities or unfavorable ...


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