Definition of juggernaut
1 : a massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path an advertising juggernaut a political juggernaut
2 chiefly British : a large heavy truck
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Examples of juggernaut in a Sentence
there was no escaping the juggernaut of hype for the studio's biggest summer blockbuster
Recent Examples of juggernaut from the Web
The political opposition has been scattered to India’s provinces as the BJP’s electoral juggernaut has rumbled from victory to victory in the populous centre.
From music to television, art to film, Garner has become a pop culture juggernaut.
IndyStar talked to five people who might just put your knowledge of the cultural juggernaut to shame.
REUTERS Home to Europe’s second largest airport by passenger volume (over 60 million annually), Frankfurt is a transportation juggernaut with nonstop service from 13 U.S. cities.
Ryan Murphy’s fascination with commanding actresses of a certain age should be familiar to anyone who has watched his ratings juggernaut American Horror Story.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first offering in J.K. Rowling’s billion dollar literary juggernaut, was published in Britain 20 years ago today and its impact has since been hotly debated.
So where to next for the emerging-market consumer juggernaut?
In a terse statement sent to reporters around 2 a.m. Beijing time, Anbang said only that Wu -- who had spent more than a decade transforming the company into a global juggernaut -- was no longer able to serve in his post because of personal reasons.
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The History of juggernaut
In the early 14th century, Franciscan missionary Friar Odoric brought to Europe the story of an enormous carriage that carried an image of the Hindu god Vishnu (whose title was Jagannath, literally, "lord of the world") through the streets of India in religious processions. Odoric reported that some worshippers deliberately allowed themselves to be crushed beneath the vehicle's wheels as a sacrifice to Vishnu. That story was probably an exaggeration or misinterpretation of actual events, but it spread throughout Europe anyway. The tale caught the imagination of English listeners, and by the 19th century, they were using juggernaut to refer to any massive vehicle (such as a steam locomotive) or to any other enormous entity with powerful crushing capabilities.
Origin and Etymology of juggernaut
Hindi Jagannāth, literally, lord of the world, title of Vishnu
First Known Use: 1841See Words from the same year
JUGGERNAUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of juggernaut for English Language Learners
: something (such as a force, campaign, or movement) that is extremely large and powerful and cannot be stopped
: a very large, heavy truck
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