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Origin of ivory tower
OTHER WORDS FROM ivory toweri·vo·ry-tow·ered, i·vo·ry-tow·er·ish, adjectivei·vo·ry-tow·er·ism, i·vo·rytow·er·ish·ness, nouni·vo·ry-tow·er·ist, i·vo·ry-tow·er·ite, noun
Words nearby ivory tower
Example sentences from the Web for ivory tower
The bell tower bellows loudly when a little muscle power is put into it.
Her brother perished in the North Tower of the World Trade Center in the 9/11 attacks.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start|Tim Mak|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Movie buffs have commented endlessly on the bell-tower sequence in Vertigo.
It involved a model of the tower set on its side for the shot.
In Vertigo there's a strange cut in the first bell-tower sequence.
The tower has four clock faces, pinnacles at the angles, and a steep slate roof and is 120 feet high.
At the Flagstaff Tower the 74th and the remainder of the 38th suddenly told their officers that they would obey them no longer.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The height of the tower from the level of the street is 105 feet, the slated towers over the lateral pediments being smaller.
John Wilkes released from the tower by the memorable sentence of chief justice Pratt.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
In a dungeon of the corresponding tower, on this side of the castle, was the prison of Ripperda.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for ivory tower
- seclusion or remoteness of attitude regarding real problems, everyday life, etc
- (as modifier)ivory-tower aestheticism
Derived forms of ivory towerivory-towered, adjective
Idioms and Phrases with ivory tower
A place or attitude of retreat, remoteness from everyday affairs, as in What does the professor know about student life, living as he does in an ivory tower? This term is a translation of the French tour d'ivoire, which the critic Saint-Beuve used to describe the attitude of poet Alfred de Vigny in 1837. It is used most often in reference to intellectuals and artists who remain complacently aloof.