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Examples of lodestar in a Sentence
The idea of public service has been a lodestar for her throughout her life.
a society seemingly with unbridled greed as its only lodestar
Recent Examples of lodestar from the Web
Monsegur was determined to remain a lodestar in their lives.
That’s the lodestar for those working on judges amid the chaos of the Trump Administration: the higher mission to shape American society beyond any one policy or decision, and beyond any one President.
That has been the lodestar of monetary policy in the United States for the past 40 years.
Local officials have been asked to identify things that make their places unique—some combination of industry, tourist attractions and the local way of life—and then cultivate them into a full-fledged theme, a lodestar for development.
Sanders energized younger voters, in particular, and remains a lodestar to them.
This point alone should be a lodestar of the hearings: Elections matter for the court, even if most of what the court does is obfuscated and footnoted.
But maybe the issue should not be the party’s lodestar.
Maybe his personal lodestars will reveal hidden traces of the sublime.
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Did You Know?
The literal, albeit archaic, meaning of "lodestar" is "a star that leads or guides; especially : the North Star." (The first half of the word derives from the Middle English word "lode," meaning "course.") Both the literal and the figurative sense ("an inspiration or guide") date back to the 14th century, the time of Geoffrey Chaucer. The literal sense fell out of use in the 17th century, and so, for a while, did the figurative sense - but it appeared again 170 years later, when Sir Walter Scott used it in his 1813 poem The Bridal of Triermain.
LODESTAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lodestar for English Language Learners
: something or someone that leads or guides a person or group of people
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