Juggernaut meaning

jŭgər-nôt
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An overwhelming or unstoppable force.
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(person, proper) An incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, whose idol, it was formerly supposed, so excited his worshipers when it was hauled along on a large car during religious rites that they threw themselves under the wheels and were crushed.
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An overwhelming or unstoppable force.
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Anything that exacts blind devotion or terrible sacrifice.
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A literal or metaphorical force or object regarded as unstoppable, that will crush all in its path.
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Juggernaut is defined as something that inspires devotion or unquestioning sacrifice.

An example of a juggernaut is a religious movement that calls on believers to sacrifice their property to the group.

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(UK) A large, cumbersome truck or lorry, especially an artic (typically used somewhat disparagingly).
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The definition of a juggernaut is something that is strong and destructive, stopping for nothing.

An example of a juggernaut is a strong army entering a war zone.

An example of a juggernaut is a political campaign that is unstoppable.

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Any relentless, destructive, irresistible force.
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An institution that incites destructive devotion or to which people are carelessly sacrificed.
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Origin of juggernaut

  • Hindi jagannāth title of Krishna from Sanskrit jagannāthaḥ lord of the world jagat moving, the world (from) (earlier present participle of jigāti he goes gwā- in Indo-European roots) nāthaḥ lord (from nāthate he helps, protects)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Hindi jagannāth title of Krishna from Sanskrit jagannāthaḥ lord of the world jagat moving, the world (from) (earlier present participle of jigāti he goes gwā- in Indo-European roots) nāthaḥ lord (from nāthate he helps, protects)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hindustani Hindi जगन्नाथ/Oriya ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ/ Urdu جگنّاتھ (jagannāth), from Sanskrit जगन्नाथ (jagannātha, “lord of the universe”) (Jagannath), a title for the Hindu deity Vishnu's avatar Krishna. English form influenced by suffix -naut (“sailor”).

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  • From British colonial era in India, witnessing the Rath Yatra (chariot parade) at Puri, Orissa. The festival features a huge annual procession, with a wagon of the idol of Lord Krishna. Pulled with ropes by hundreds of devotees, the wagon develops considerable momentum and becomes unstoppable.

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