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Definition of "juggernaut" []

  • Something, such as a belief or institution, that elicits blind and destructive devotion or to which people are ruthlessly sacrificed. (noun)
  • An overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path: "It doesn't assume that people need necessarily remain passive when confronted by what appears to be the juggernaut of history” ( Christopher Lehmann-Haupt). (noun)
  • Used as a title for the Hindu deity Krishna. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "juggernaut" in a sentence
  • "One example is the word "juggernaut," defined as a "massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path.""
  • "Twenty years ago, Japan was synonymous with the phrase "juggernaut.""
  • "The juggernaut is pro-reform and is getting to the point where it doesn't much care if it has to roll right over the GOP to get there."