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Synonyms for pillar
ˈpɪl ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pillar(noun)

    a fundamental principle or practice

    "science eroded the pillars of superstition"

    tower, mainstay, column

  2. column, tower, pillar(noun)

    anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower

    "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"

    newspaper column, editorial, chromatography column, column, towboat, tugboat, tug, tower, mainstay

  3. pillar, mainstay(noun)

    a prominent supporter

    "he is a pillar of the community"

    backbone, column, lynchpin, linchpin, anchor, tower, keystone, mainstay

  4. column, pillar(noun)

    a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

    tower, chromatography column, editorial, mainstay, newspaper column, column

  5. column, pillar(noun)

    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

    tower, chromatography column, editorial, mainstay, newspaper column, column


  1. pillar(noun)

    sile, column

  2. pillar(noun)

    To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.

    sile, column

  3. pillar(noun)

    Something resembling such a structure.

    a pillar of smoke

    column, sile

  4. pillar(noun)

    An essential part of something that provides support.

    He's a pillar of the community.

    column, sile

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pillar

    column, shaft, post, support

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pillar(n.)

    COLUMN, shaft, post

  2. pillar(n.)

    prop, support, supporter, maintainer

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pillar(n)

    column, pier, shaft, post, obelisk, monolith, supporter, maintainer

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    pilar, mainstay, samba, pillars, component, drumstick, backbone, cornerstone, element

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How to use pillar in a sentence?

  1. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    The first pillar of our future force must be ensuring that we maintain, and extend, our technological edge over any potential adversary.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The neutral and honest print and electronic media are free advisers, mirrors, information, and opinion of the nation for ruling and non-ruling political parties. Thus, such media deserve subsidies without distinctions to stay stable as the fourth pillar of democracy.

  3. Rashid Omar:

    My main goal is -- apart from fulfilling the fifth pillar of Islam( Saudi Arabia The Hajj) -- is the supplication, the duaa' that this act of violence and act of terrorism will never happen again anywhere to anybody, it's very painful as a family of the deceased, to have a loved one gone. It doesn't matter what race or religion we are. We suffer the same.

  4. The State Department:

    Mr. Kraft is a first class human being who does what is right and just. His support for Israel during these tough times has been unwavering and a pillar of strength for all of us. I am usually a Washington Redskins fan, but tonight – and possibly from now on – we are all Patriots.

  5. Wang Qun:

    This is a pillar, not something that China set. It is universally recognized by the international community.

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