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ivory tower

n.
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.]

ivory tower

n
a. seclusion or remoteness of attitude regarding real problems, everyday life, etc
b. (as modifier): ivory-tower aestheticism.
ˌivory-ˈtowered adj

i′vory tow′er


n.
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.

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.

ivory tower

A place or way of life that is cut off from the unpleasant realities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
Translations
tour d’ivoire

ivory tower

n (fig)Elfenbeinturm m
adj attrweltfremd

ivory tower

ntorre f d'avorio
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THERE are always people - normally people who live in ivory towers - ready to pour cold water on any proposal which will benefit the people who actually do the hard graft in this country.
Summary: Lebanon's municipal elections are behind us, and what we have seen is an invitation to parties and politicians to climb down from their ivory towers and see the country for what it is.
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YOU SAID: Instead of cutting front line services the local councils should concentrate on reducing the army of 'jobsworths' in their ivory towers.
At a time when the people are struggling to make ends meet and rely on food banks, mainly due to Victorian decisions made by politicians, it would seem that as soon as they get behind the closed doors of their ivory towers, no-one else exists.
He said university types needed to get out of their ivory towers and recognise problems in the community to make a difference.
While I understand cuts have to be made because of the edicts of central government, I really do think that the likes of Martin Reeves and his colleagues should leave their ivory towers occasionally to see the impact the cuts are having under the name of 'abc' (A Better Coventry) at ground level.
Community safety spokesman James Kelly said: "This report comes across as a view from the ivory towers of the Scot t ish government, as opposed to communit ies d e a l i n g w i t h r owd y behaviour and intimidation.
It is all very well for people to pontificate from their ivory towers but the reality on the streets in towns across Britain is very different.
They just want to rush back to their own Ivory Towers.
The trouble is that some bosses live in ivory towers and send cake down to the peasants without bothering to find out that we're quite happy with the diet we have, thank you.
But, as these hard cases make clear, the parsing of "extraordinary" and "ordinary" care are not restricted to the ivory towers of moralists.