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Some one wrote to me in trouble, ‘When you are not on your pedestal you are not interesting.’

Of course when they saw me I was not on my pedestal, I was in the pillory.

On a pedestal beneath the window was placed a marble bust of Dante.

The sky was all now—the earth only a background or pedestal for the heavens.

No ascetic monk, no curled cavalier, looks down from the pedestal.

She hastily arose and was about to step down from her pedestal when the door opened.

This shaft is placed on a pedestal which makes it in all some 115 feet in height.

The height of the statue, including the pedestal, was nearly forty feet.

In the preceding paragraph she did not seem to be on a pedestal.

There's a pedestal in the flower-garden where the Psyche stood.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat," from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).

Spelling in English influenced by Latin pedem "foot." An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally "foot-stone." Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable" is attested from 1859.

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