pillar of society

pillar of society

One who is a particularly active, respected, and influential member of one's local social sphere. My grandfather was a pillar of society because of how many people his businesses employed. She was long considered a pillar of society, so she won the mayoral election with ease.
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a pillar of society

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a pillar of the community

If you describe someone as a pillar of society or a pillar of the community, you mean that they are an active and respected member of a group of people. He is a pillar of society, the son every mother would love to have. My father had been a pillar of the community.
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a pillar of society

a person regarded as a particularly responsible citizen.
The use of pillar to mean ‘a person regarded as a mainstay or support for something’ is recorded from medieval times; Pillars of Society was the English title of an 1888 play by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen .
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a pillar of soˈciety, etc.

a person who is respected in society, etc.; a person of importance: I couldn’t believe that a pillar of the community like him had been caught stealing from his employer.
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pillar of society, a

A chief supporter of one’s community, social group, or other institution. The earliest example of being such a pillar dates from the early fourteenth century and involves a pillar of the church, which Eric Partridge deemed a particularly objectionable cliché by 1800 or so. Shakespeare used a slightly different locution in The Merchant of Venice; at the trial Shylock says, “I charge you by the law, whereof you are a well-deserving pillar,” presumably hoping that the judge will respond favorably to this compliment. From the late nineteenth century on, pillar of society was often used sarcastically or pejoratively, the target generally being both the individual and the society being upheld. Ibsen so used it in his play, translated as Pillars of Society (1877), and his example was followed by Shaw and others. Still another variant, pillar of the community, may be used either ironically or straightforwardly.
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'We are pleased to know that the values of the family as the main pillar of society are promoted in a peaceful and transparent manner,' said the trade union.
"Doctors are an integral pillar of society and often work under stressful and difficult conditions.
During this occasion, the Authority took the opportunity to express appreciation towards the media for their continuous support and role as an important pillar of society.
Workforce is an extremely important pillar of society and plays a key role in strengthening of national economy.
One of the ever-increasing number of nonagenarians in the village, he was born in May 1928 and came to be known as a pillar of society with his voluntary service allied to his church.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN -- Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur, Wednesday said that lawyers are the main pillar of society, which have a key role in providing justice to the ailing humanity and the government is seeking new laws and reforms for providing inexpensive and speedy justice to the people.
"Electronic and Print media are the fourth pillar of society therefore they have the right of freedom of speech, but the Journalist community should fill their responsibilities within the frame of constitutional boundaries.
Mr Stansfeld described the woman as a "pillar of society" and called for a review of current rules after the woman had to be questioned on suspicion of a hate crime.
He said during a meeting with a group of young people in the province of Maysan, in the presence of a member of the House of Representatives Sheikh Mohammed al-Sayhood, "Youth is the pillar of society, with them the society strengthens and remains and without them weakens and come apart." The Vice President referred to the great sacrifices made by the youth of Iraq in the war against terrorism and the pivotal role they played in renouncing violence and extremism committed by armed terrorist groups against innocent people.
Watson's stable jockey, Pat Dobbs, rides Stunned with Sam Hitchcott, also employed primarily by Watson, aboard Pillar of Society. Stunned, a winner twice on the dirt at Meydan, is looking for a maiden turf victory at the ninth time of asking.
"A rural woman can't even read the Quran properly due to less knowledge," she said.Tahira said that a woman is the most important pillar of society and urged the women of Pakistan to join hands to curb violence against themselves and to ensure the provision of all their rights including healthcare, education, employment, shelter and food.
The killer, a one-time pillar of society in the area where he was a deputy primary school principal, then took his own life.
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"Although I am a government representative and a representative of a political party that questions the legitimacy of the head of state and still believes the president should be elected through ethnic consensus as that is the best way to elect the head of state as the cohesive pillar of society, I believe this is a window of opportunity and everybody should make their contribution to the inclusiveness of the whole process to depolarize society, reach out a hand of cooperation to all institutions and all political parties in order to separate the process of integration and achieve state and social consensus and make a step forward as far as Macedonia's integration goes," Osmani said.
'I truly believe that our workforce is an extremely important pillar of society, playing a pivotal role in its socio-economic development,' he remarked.