iron curtain


Definition of iron curtain

1 : a political, military, and ideological barrier that cuts off and isolates an area specifically, often capitalized : one formerly isolating an area under Soviet control
2 : an impenetrable barrier the iron curtain between the ego and the unconscious— C. J. Rolo

Examples of iron curtain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sweeping sanctions imposed by the West have brought down a new iron curtain on the Russian economy, freezing tens of billions of dollars of many of the tycoons’ assets along the way. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Some Russians — especially tech-savvy young people or those with social, educational or professional ties to the United States and Western Europe — are trying to break through the digital iron curtain using virtual private networks. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 It’s what now seems like the building of an iron curtain between West and East, around questions of fundamental principles. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2022 Instead of giving up on their Russian audiences, though, international news organizations are trying to exploit gaps within this new digital iron curtain to reach the Russian people. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 The new court decision was the next step toward creating a digital iron curtain between Russia and the rest of the world. Scott Nover, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2022 But the goal shared by a range of actors trying to pierce the digital iron curtain is to chip away, cumulatively, at Russian public support for the war and the morale of Russian soldiers. Sean Lyngaas, Kylie Atwood And Brian Fung, CNN, 18 Mar. 2022 The potential negative consequences for Jews in Russia, where an iron curtain appears to be descending once again, is great. Lahav Harkov, National Review, 15 Mar. 2022 But already Russia’s actions—and subsequent global reactions—suggest a new iron curtain could destructively fall across a broad range of once promising collaborations. Leonard David, Scientific American, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of iron curtain

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Iron curtain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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