pedestal Definition

  • 1the base or support on which a statue, obelisk, or column is mounted
  • 2a position in which someone is greatly or uncritically admired

Using pedestal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pedestal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The statue was placed on a pedestal in the town square.

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    He was put on a pedestal by his fans and admirers.

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    She knocked the vase off the pedestal by accident.

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    The team's winning streak has been knocked off its pedestal by a series of losses.

pedestal Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pedestal

Antonyms for pedestal

Phrases with pedestal

  • to admire or idealize someone to an extent that is unrealistic or unwarranted


    She put him on a pedestal and was disappointed when he didn't live up to her expectations.

  • to cause someone to lose their high status or position of admiration


    The scandal knocked the politician off his pedestal and ruined his career.

  • a table supported by a central column or pillar


    The dining room had a beautiful pedestal table with ornate carvings.

Origins of pedestal

from French 'piedestal', from Italian 'piedistallo', from 'piede' meaning 'foot' and 'stallo' meaning 'stall'


Summary: pedestal in Brief

A 'pedestal' [ˈpɛdəstl] is a base or support for a statue, obelisk, or column. It can also refer to a position of great admiration, as in 'He was put on a pedestal by his fans and admirers.' Phrases include 'put someone on a pedestal,' meaning to unrealistically admire someone, and 'knock someone off their pedestal,' meaning to cause someone to lose their high status.