object lesson

noun
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 That echoes our greatest object lesson in the dangers of financialization, the 2008 housing crisis, which was caused largely by the rise of collateralized debt obligations, or CDOs. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Money should flow like water … but should water be like money?," 9 Dec. 2020 Centerville's experience is an object lesson in that dynamic. NBC News, "Schools in southwest Ohio kept out Covid. But they couldn't keep the buses running.," 6 Dec. 2020 And the company’s recent years of press releases have been an object lesson in greenwashing. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Problem With Putting a BlackRock Alum in Charge of Greening the Economy," 1 Dec. 2020 As Americans enter a period of peak travel, starting with Thanksgiving, new discoveries about how Europe’s second coronavirus wave spread provide an object lesson. WSJ, "Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Hospitalizations Surpass 88,000," 25 Nov. 2020 In many ways, Sturgis is an object lesson in the patchwork U.S. response to a virus that has proved remarkably adept at exploiting such gaps to become resurgent. Anchorage Daily News, "How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest," 18 Oct. 2020 In many ways, Sturgis is an object lesson in the patchwork U.S. response to a virus that has proved remarkably adept at exploiting such gaps to become resurgent. Anchorage Daily News, "How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest," 18 Oct. 2020 Every day on set with #SeanConnery was an object lesson in how to act on screen. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Bond producers, Sam Neill, and more pay tribute to the late Sean Connery," 31 Oct. 2020 In many ways, Sturgis is an object lesson in the patchwork U.S. response to a virus that has proved remarkably adept at exploiting such gaps to become resurgent. Anchorage Daily News, "How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of object lesson

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Object lesson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/object%20lesson. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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object lesson

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English Language Learners Definition of object lesson

: an example from real life that teaches a lesson or explains something

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