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Fountainhead Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster
When it first entered English in the late 16th century, fountainhead was used only in a literal sense—to refer to the source of a stream. By the 17th century, however, it was already beginning to be used figuratively in reference to any original or primary source. In his 1854 work Walden, Henry David Thoreau used the word in its figurative sense, while paying full homage to its literal meaning as well: "Morning air! If men will not drink of this at the fountainhead of the day, why, then, we must even bottle up some and sell it in the shops, for the benefit of those who have lost their subscription ticket to morning time in this world."
Examples of fountainhead in a Sentence
the fountainhead of the faith
historically, California has served as the fountainhead of that eclectic group of self-actualization movements known as the New Age
Recent Examples on the WebThe fountainheadof the culture remains Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, a place that is almost treated like a shrine for SoCal lowrider clubs.
Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 The fountainheadfor Chatwin’s and Herzog’s engrossing stories, of course, was their travels.
Peter Gwin, National Geographic, 26 Aug. 2020 The ability to spend beyond its means has enabled the U.S. to fund its impressive military might, whether one views that power as the fountainheadof Pax Americana or the source of illegitimate military adventurism.
Joshua Zoffer, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2020 The fountainheadof historian Bill Katz’s immersion in African-American culture was his father’s passion for jazz.
BostonGlobe.com, 27 Nov. 2019 Ownership passed down to the Sri Krishnabhoomi Trust, which is dominated by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological fountainheadof Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, 9 Nov. 2019 The fountainheadof the historian Bill Katz’s immersion in African-American culture was his father’s passion for jazz.
Sam Roberts, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2019 The North African nation on the Mediterranean Sea was the fountainheadof the 2011 Arab Spring protests, touched off by the self-immolation of a young fruit vendor.
San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Sep. 2019 The North African nation on the Mediterranean Sea was the fountainheadof the 2011 Arab Spring protests, touched off by the self-immolation of a young fruit vendor.
Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2019
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