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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
Keep It Simple The kitchen island serves both as central gathering spot and style lodestar, with black-and-white cement tile that supplies the contemporary edge the couple was looking for.
Sol LeWitt, whose deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings and ecstatically colored and jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art, died yesterday in New York.
In the past 15 years, though, these lodestars have come to mean less and less.
Our political concerns instead trend upward and toward the symbolic; equal representation is the lodestar.
Nonetheless, the firm is focused on the long term and sees the developers who build up crypto platforms as its lodestar.
Last year, a 50th anniversary special featured testimonials from comedians for whom Ms. Burnett was a lodestar, especially women such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Tracee Ellis Ross.
Vice President Mike Pence recently compared his boss Donald Trump to Roosevelt; in 2016, candidate Hillary Clinton named the Rough Rider as her political lodestar.
That statement felt both like a challenge and like a lodestar for my work.
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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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