bully pulpit

noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of bully pulpit

: a prominent public position (such as a political office) that provides an opportunity for expounding one's views; also : such an opportunity

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Examples of bully pulpit in a Sentence

  1. She uses her position as a famous actress as a bully pulpit.

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Bully vs bully pulpit

Bully pulpit comes from the 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, who observed that the White House was a bully pulpit. For Roosevelt, bully was an adjective meaning "excellent" or "first-rate"—not the noun bully ("a blustering, browbeating person") that's so common today. Roosevelt understood the modern presidency's power of persuasion and recognized that it gave the incumbent the opportunity to exhort, instruct, or inspire. He took full advantage of his bully pulpit, speaking out about the danger of monopolies, the nation's growing role as a world power, and other issues important to him. Since the 1970s, bully pulpit has been used as a term for an office—especially a political office—that provides one with the opportunity to share one's views.

First Known Use of bully pulpit

1963


BULLY PULPIT Defined for English Language Learners

bully pulpit

noun

Definition of bully pulpit for English Language Learners

  • : an important public position that allows a person to express beliefs and opinions to many people


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