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ivory tower

noun

Simple Definition of ivory tower

  • : a place or situation in which people make and discuss theories about problems (such as poverty and racism) without having any experience with those problems

Full Definition of ivory tower

  1. 1 :  an impractical often escapist attitude marked by aloof lack of concern with or interest in practical matters or urgent problems

  2. 2 :  a secluded place that affords the means of treating practical issues with an impractical often escapist attitude; especially :  a place of learning

ivory–tower adjective
ivo·ry–tow·er·ish play \-ˈtau̇-(ə-)rish\ adjective

Examples of ivory tower

  1. The book was written by some college professor who's spent her entire professional life in an ivory tower.



Origin of ivory tower

translation of French tour d'ivoire


First Known Use: 1911


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