Definition of road to Damascus in English:

road to Damascus


  • Used in reference to an important moment of insight, typically one that leads to a dramatic transformation of attitude or belief.

    ‘this might be a wake-up call for the Prime Minister—his road to Damascus’
    as modifier ‘her road to Damascus moment came when she was recovering from an operation in the mid-1980s’
    • ‘The Prime Minister explained his road to Damascus experience during his speech on January 28.’
    • ‘No-one would suggest, of course, that this sudden conversion on the road to Damascus has anything to do with the impending elections.’
    • ‘The arrival of a credible challenger to political power in the theatre of domestic politics precipitated a "road to Damascus" moment for the incumbents.’
    • ‘It's in every backbencher's hands to make today the day Britain has a long overdue conversion on the road to Damascus.’
    • ‘It is a revelation, not quite on the road to Damascus scale, but a pleasing experience nevertheless.’
    • ‘His "road to Damascus" moment was not conventional.’
    • ‘At the same time I was going down my own personal road to Damascus.’
    • ‘For each of these writers, the road to Damascus wound on through New York, and beyond.’
    • ‘My first visit to a car-boot sale was hardly the road to Damascus—more of a dirt-track.’
    • ‘Critics last night welcomed the move but baulked at the idea that the lender has had a 'Road to Damascus moment' over its ethics.’
    • ‘It really does appear of late that the National Party itself has had a bit of a road to Damascus experience.’
    • ‘Far from a road to Damascus moment, the agreement was rather a modus vivendi by cunning, ruthless political operators.’


Mid 19th century: with reference to the account of St Paul's conversion to Christianity while travelling to the city of Damascus on a mission (Acts 9).