Definition of fountainhead in English:



  • An original source of something.

    ‘he was the sole fountainhead of advice’
    • ‘It is clear that the capital is the fountainhead of the ills that plague the country.’
    • ‘Indeed it is argued that cultural exchange is the fountainhead of global dynamism and the ultimate source of human creativity, human development and material progress.’
    • ‘Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads.’
    • ‘Both are treated as though they were fountainheads of truth by many of their supporters.’
    • ‘The ancestors saw the root and source of things: people - each soul a light, each creative mind a fountainhead of potential.’
    • ‘France has arguably more romance per square mile than any other country in Europe, but the pocket of the country for which Carcassonne provides a focal point is the fountainhead of the very notion itself.’
    • ‘It was to be the fountainhead of scientific manpower in the decades to come.’
    • ‘All of our drilled rock fountainheads should be able to tolerate scrubbing with hot, soapy water and rinsing with a mild chlorine bleach solution.’
    • ‘He is the fountainhead of patronage, which mutes any criticism from his parliamentary caucus.’
    • ‘The book has developed such a reputation as the fountainhead of fiction that many readers are afraid of tackling it, in case they might fail to understand it.’
    • ‘These are the feelings and emotions that later became a fountainhead for his writings.’
    • ‘It is something monstrous, the fountainhead of violence.’
    • ‘In history, you will always find that most successful leaders were only spearheads of ideologies, not the fountainheads.’
    • ‘Inevitably the visitors took more than they gave to Florence, fountainhead of visual and literary culture in the western world.’
    • ‘In this role they are the organizers of a discovery process rather than fountainheads of incontrovertible knowledge.’
    • ‘If conservatives ignore property rights - the fountainhead from which all other liberties flow, including free speech - what hope is there that others will respect them?’
    • ‘They don't realise that it is the fountainhead of all such unrealistic extremist philosophy.’
    • ‘So I wanted to compare what is at the heart of contemporary commercial culture with Shakespeare, because Shakespeare is, as it were, the fountainhead of contemporary, commercial entertainment.’
    • ‘Later of course, he went on to be crowned king and become the fountainhead of a 3,000-year dynasty that peppered the land with monuments and legends that nothing in sub-Saharan Africa could match.’
    • ‘This center is the fountainhead of all our animal forces, which can be spiritualized and used for our best advantage by gaining absolute control over this center.’
    source, fount, fountainhead, well head, wellspring, well
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