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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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in the wilderness

Lacking one's former power or influence. (Used especially in reference to politicians.) The former party leader has been in the wilderness ever since he crossed party lines to support the economic recovery bill in the senate.
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voice crying in the wilderness

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

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON A person or organization's time in the wilderness is a period when they do not have an important role to play and people are not interested in them. He is delighted to get another chance to represent his country after a period in the wilderness. After 10 years in the political wilderness the Danish Labour Party appeared yesterday to be on the verge of returning to power.
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a voice crying in the wilderness

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a lone voice in the wilderness

If you describe someone as a voice crying in the wilderness or a lone voice in the wilderness, you mean that they are telling people about the dangers in an important situation or the truth about it, but nobody is paying any attention. Until recently, Dr Seddon's was a voice crying in the wilderness. But people are starting to listen to what he has to say. For years, he was a lone voice in the wilderness, and a lot of it came across as self-serving. But I'll tell you, the man was right. Note: This is from the Bible, and refers to John the Baptist who preached the coming of the Messiah but was often ignored. (Matthew 3:3)
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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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in the ˈwilderness

(of politicians) no longer having power, influence or importance because they no longer hold high office: After a few years in the wilderness she was allowed to return to a job in the government.
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Is it a call to the Christian church, to return to the wilderness, experience our call anew, and be prepared to be God's beacon people as God refines us?
Leal wishes to address the growing ecological crisis in the West through a study of the wilderness theme in the Hebrew Bible and its reflex in New Testament literature.
Wilderness Inquiry (WI) is offering six-day canoe trips to the 10,000 Islands in southwest Florida.
The six research questions guiding this study asked if there was indeed a self-concept change after a wilderness experience.
Noting that wilderness journeys were central to the spiritual lives of Moses, Jesus and the prophet Muhammad, the National Council of Churches said it would dedicate 2006 to protecting wilderness areas.
The Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, only 10 miles as the crow flies from the fishing village of Homer, was worlds away from the rat race I was leaving behind for a week.
WE ALL KNOW MOTORS ARE FORBIDDEN IN WILDERNESS AREAS.
Synopsis: The lush Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Central Cascades contains a plethora of trails, rugged glacier-carved mountains, and more than 700 sparkling alpine lakes and ponds.
Moses was then taken into God's service, and was destined to lead God's people from the land of bondage to a future of freedom, from the wilderness to the Promised Land.
Khavan dela Cruz, Achinette Villamor, Jerry Gracio, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness
Focusing on the delivery of patient-centered care in the wilderness, instructors and practitioners of emergency medicine introduce many innovations to wilderness medicine, emergency medical services (EMS), and the conjoined subspecialty wilderness EMS (WEMS).
Abstract: In this essay, I examine how Tracy Ross and Cheryl Strayed, while seemingly echoing the American wilderness tradition, deviate from male-dominated wilderness discourse when they recollect their hiking experiences in the wilderness.
Today, polls consistently show overwhelming bipartisan support among Oregon voters for protecting more federal public lands as wilderness. Even in rural Oregon, a majority wants more wilderness protected.
Currently, medical research in the wilderness helps to expand our understanding of conditions as diverse as congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, sepsis, critical illness, and diabetes.