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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
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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.