vision quest


: a solitary vigil by an adolescent American Indian boy to seek spiritual power and learn through a vision the identity of his usually animal or bird guardian spirit

Examples of vision quest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This time, for reasons that will remain a mystery, Moses set off on a journey through the wooded unknown of his very own transformational vision quest. Joseph Goodman |, al, 10 May 2023 And so the only place to really do that is out in the middle of nowhere, and there is…almost like a vision quest or a ‘psychedelic trip in Joshua Tree’ sort of feeling to being out in the middle of nowhere. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 7 Apr. 2023 Here, darkly colored and internally illuminated, her gnarly paintings show a woman naked with her child in the bathtub, in bed with her husband, or alone looking at herself in the mirror — a woman (often the artist), lover, mother, and painter on her own vision quest. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Then, less than 12 hours before embarking from Mead in a vision quest for the most memorable athletic moment since 1957, the cellphone on the bedside table of Mavericks coach Darin Reese blew up with text messages after midnight, in the wee hours of Friday morning. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 14 Mar. 2020 Kayce’s vision quest at the end of season four could possibly be a sign that things are going to have to change. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2022 Suriano’s vision quest took him to a lot of places. Eli McKown, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2022 The voyage, the pilgrimage, the vision quest are part of our mental circuitry. James Parker, The Atlantic, 4 Aug. 2021 In the show centered around the God of Mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston, Loki is taken through a vision quest by Mobius M. Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vision quest was in 1922

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“Vision quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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