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pedestal

[ped-uh-stl] /ˈpɛd ə stl/
noun
1.
an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
2.
a supporting structure or piece; base.
3.
Furniture.
  1. a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
  2. a columnar support for a tabletop.
4.
Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
verb (used with object), pedestaled, pedestaling or (especially British) pedestalled, pedestalling.
5.
to put on or supply with a pedestal.
Idioms
6.
set / put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize:
When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; alteration of Middle French piedestal < Italian piedestallo, variant of piedistallo literally, foot of stall. See ped-2, de, stall1
Related forms
unpedestal, verb (used with object), unpedestaled, unpedestaling or (especially British) unpedestalled, unpedestalling.
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  • Marble statues and busts were standing upon pedestals and arranged in niches: some of them seemed known to him.
  • The cars, none with tires, sat on small steel pedestals supporting the axles at each corner.
  • These two nations were long ago knocked off their pedestals.
  • It is inconvenient, then, that the results tend to fall off their pedestals when prodded or poked a little.
  • All that these writers do is further exemplify how far they've fallen from their once high and mighty pedestals.
  • Totemic bears totter on the floor or balance on pedestals.
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  • We still put mothers on pedestals, and pillory them if they fail to live up to our expectations.
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  • Stuffed and mounted animals seem to leap or fly from their pedestals.
British Dictionary definitions for pedestals

pedestal

/ˈpɛdɪstəl/
noun
1.
a base that supports a column, statue, etc, as used in classical architecture
2.
a position of eminence or supposed superiority (esp in the phrases place, put, or set on a pedestal)
3.
  1. either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
  2. (as modifier): a pedestal desk
Word Origin
C16: from French piédestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie foot + di of + stallo a stall
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Word Origin and History for pedestals

pedestal

n.

1560s, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat," from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).

Spelling in English influenced by Latin pedem "foot." An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally "foot-stone." Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable" is attested from 1859.

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