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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 of fountainhead from the Web
Terry is really the fountainhead there -- Steve Reich is an offshoot, and often a flagrant copier in the early days.
In this framework, guns are accessories to infectious violence rather than fountainheads.
The discovery upon autopsy that Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who killed himself in his jail cell, had the symptoms of CTE is going to be more than simply a fountainhead of bad red hot sportz takez.
Both are cities that work, each fountainheads of the great industrial revolution.
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Did You Know?
When it first entered English in the late 1500s, fountainhead was used only in a literal sense-to refer to the source of a stream. By the early 1600s, 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."
FOUNTAINHEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fountainhead for English Language Learners
: the origin or source of something
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