a voice in the wilderness


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(lone) voice in the wilderness

One who expresses an unpopular opinion or idea. She felt like a voice in the wilderness as she tried to warn others about the impending economic collapse. He was a lone voice in the wilderness as he tried to expose the vast corruption within the organization.
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a voice in the wilderness

an unheeded advocate of reform.
The phrase was originally used with reference to the words of John the Baptist, who proclaimed the coming of the Messiah: ‘I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness’ (John 1:23).
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a voice (crying) in the ˈwilderness

a warning of a danger given by a person or small group which most people do not pay any attention to: A few scientists in the early 1980s were warning of the dangers of AIDS but nobody took them seriously. They were just a voice in the wilderness.This comes from a description of John the Baptist in the Bible.
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A mind-expanding and highly contemplative reflection upon the multifaceted dimensions of life, A Voice in the Wilderness draws the reader in with its succinctly worded insights into the foibles and paradoxes of daily life.
September 26th is Johnny Appleseed's birthday, and the publication date of a revision of one of the best works on the man and his legend: "Johnny Appleseed: A Voice in the Wilderness," edited by William Ellery Jones, arguably the world's leading expert on John Appleseed Chapman.
William Ellery Jones, editor of "Johnny Appleseed: A Voice in the Wilderness," has had a lifelong passion for Chapman's life and work.
Johnny Appleseed: A Voice in the Wilderness," the classic 1945 anthology originally edited by Harlan Hatcher, contains essays by Chapman scholars, including Robert Price, author of the definitive 1954 Johnny Appleseed biography, and Florence Murdoch, the librarian who corresponded with Walt Disney Studios as they prepared their 1948 depiction of Johnny Appleseed in "Melody Time.