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A place or attitude of retreat, especially preoccupation with lofty, remote, or intellectual considerations rather than practical everyday life.
[Translation of French tour d'ivoire : tour, tower + de, of + ivoire, ivory.]
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a. seclusion or remoteness of attitude regarding real problems, everyday life, etc
b. (as modifier): ivory-tower aestheticism.
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1. a place or situation remote from worldly or practical affairs: the university as an ivory tower.
2. an attitude of aloofness from or disdain or disregard for worldly or practical affairs.
[translation of French tour d'ivoire, phrase used by C. A. Sainte-Beuve in reference to the isolated life of the poet A. de Vigny (1837)]
i′vory-tow′ered, i′vory-tow′er•ish, adj.
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ivory tower- Suggests elegant detachment in a cool, white aerie, where a poet or philosopher might retreat to think and write.
See also related terms for retreat.
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A place or way of life that is cut off from the unpleasant realities.
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|Noun||1.||ivory tower - a state of mind that is discussed as if it were a place; "he lived in the ivory tower of speculation"; "they viewed universities as ivory towers"|
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