set on a pedestal


an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like. See diag. under column.
a supporting structure or piece; base.
a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
a columnar support for a tabletop.
Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
verb (used with object), pedestaled, pedestaling or (especially British) pedestalled, pedestalling.
to put on or supply with a pedestal.
set/put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize: When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.

1555–65; alteration of Middle French piedestal < Italian piedestallo, variant of piedistallo literally, foot of stall. See ped-2, de, stall1

unpedestal, verb (used with object), unpedestaled, unpedestaling or (especially British) unpedestalled, unpedestalling. Unabridged
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pedestal (ˈpɛdɪstəl)
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,orset on a pedestal)
3.  a.  either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
 b.  (as modifier): a pedestal desk
[C16: from French piédestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie foot + di of + stallo a stall]

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Word Origin & History

1563, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from M.Fr. piédestal (1547), from It. piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat." Spelling in Eng. influenced by L. pedem "foot." Fig. sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable"
is attested from 1859.
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set on a pedestal

see on a pedestal.

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