Definition of fountainhead in English:

fountainhead

noun

  • An original source of something.

    ‘this president was the fountainhead of patronage’
    • ‘These are the feelings and emotions that later became a fountainhead for his writings.’
    • ‘They don't realise that it is the fountainhead of all such unrealistic extremist philosophy.’
    • ‘All of our drilled rock fountainheads should be able to tolerate scrubbing with hot, soapy water and rinsing with a mild chlorine bleach solution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inevitably the visitors took more than they gave to Florence, fountainhead of visual and literary culture in the western world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is clear that the capital is the fountainhead of the ills that plague the country.’
    • ‘It was to be the fountainhead of scientific manpower in the decades to come.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both are treated as though they were fountainheads of truth by many of their supporters.’
    • ‘Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads.’
    • ‘He is the fountainhead of patronage, which mutes any criticism from his parliamentary caucus.’
    • ‘In history, you will always find that most successful leaders were only spearheads of ideologies, not the fountainheads.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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 is something monstrous, the fountainhead of violence.’
    • ‘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.’
    source, fount, well head, wellspring, well
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Pronunciation

fountainhead

/ˈfount(ə)nˌhed//ˈfaʊnt(ə)nˌhɛd/