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
Verizon and Yahoo, whose internet advertising businesses are tiny compared with juggernauts like Google and Facebook, are eager to move forward on integrating their internet operations.
Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee has proved to be a juggernaut, raising $100 million from a mix of corporations, wealthy individuals and smaller-scale supporters willing to chip in a few bucks.
Articles soon labeled the Terriers a juggernaut, a sure bet for the Frozen Four.
In the intervening years, the ethanol industry has ballooned into an economic juggernaut.
The juggernaut nature of the convention movement has almost overshadowed the longstanding debate about its motivation: to imbue the Constitution with a binding limit on federal spending.
America’s safety net is ill-prepared for such a job-destroying juggernaut.
Gretzky said that Glen Sather, who coached the Oilers to four of their five Stanley Cups, was the true architect of this offensive juggernaut.
What could derail the juggernaut that is Jersey Shore?
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Did You Know?
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: 1841
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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