Synonyms for ivory tower

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It is to no mere "ivory tower" of aesthetic superiority that we retreat.

All life has streamed into your soul, and you have lived in the ivory tower.

The latch was always lifted on the front door of his ivory tower.

She could never now, with a tranquil heart, go into the ivory tower.

Having made this pronouncement, she entered the ivory tower of her deafness and closed the door.

The king built for his daughter, in the remotest corner of his kingdom, an ivory tower.

Only the poet's Ivory Tower remained for us, and we climbed it ever higher and higher to be clear of the mob.

And he was happy in an ivory tower and far away from the world, with its rumours of dulness, feeble crimes, and flat triumphs.

The world forgives much, irony never, for irony is the ivory tower of the intellectual, the last refuge of the original.

The vein holds from beginning to end of his work; from this writing of the eighties to "The Ivory Tower."

WORD ORIGIN

as a symbol of artistic or intellectual aloofness, by 1889, from French tour d'ivoire, used in 1837 by critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869) with reference to the poet Alfred de Vigny, whom he accused of excessive aloofness.

Used earlier as a type of a wonder or a symbol of "the ideal." The literal image is perhaps from Song of Solomon [vii:4]:

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