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object lesson

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  1. a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.

Origin of object lesson

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for object lesson

Historical Examples

  • The achievement of American independence had been an object-lesson most potent.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8


  • The globe has perished, but the object-lesson in education remains.

    Ruskin Relics

    W. G. Collingwood

  • But I still think the object-lesson was well worth a Napoleon.

    Ruskin Relics

    W. G. Collingwood

  • It is not often that a man is so fortunate as to have such an object-lesson as this.

  • Every market night is an object-lesson in political economy.

British Dictionary definitions for object lesson

object lesson

  1. a convincing demonstration of some principle or ideal
  2. (esp formerly) a lesson in which a material object forms the basis of the teaching and is available to be inspected
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