object lesson

ob·​ject lesson | \ ˈäb-jikt- How to pronounce object lesson (audio) , -(ˌ)jekt- \

Definition of object lesson

: something that serves as a practical example of a principle or abstract idea

Examples of object lesson in a Sentence

His life story is an object lesson in how not to run a business.
Recent Examples on the Web In the 25-year-old Murray, younger Spurs now see a living, breathing object lesson in hard work paying off. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Feb. 2022 Maxim Gorky’s novel Mother, written in 1906, when the Russian revolutionary infection was bringing on a high fever, states explicitly as its theme and also demonstrates as an object lesson the importance of books in making socialist revolution. Algis Valiunas, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 The Ukraine invasion has been an object lesson in the risks of doing business with a rogue nation. WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 We are thus left with an object lesson on the perils of intemperate rhetoric and absurd arguments when employed in the service of dubious, unlikely to be met goals. Bradley Gitz, Arkansas Online, 31 Jan. 2022 The Ukrainians’ astonishing defiance in the face of massive military mobilization is an object lesson in the value of the nationalist spirit to international order. Christopher Demuth, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 The kurta was made by Prada, and Mr. Ahmed’s decision to wear one was an object lesson in the politics of style. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 In recent years, part of the collection was prominently displayed in a museum classroom, a ghoulish object lesson in an infamous chapter of scientific history. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 But in the decades afterward, the treaty’s rejection was flattened by politicians and analysts into a simple object lesson—at a critical moment for the country and the world, American foreign policy had been hobbled by partisanship. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of object lesson

1831, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Object lesson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/object%20lesson. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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