Pillar as Metaphor

A pillar is a heavy column or support which holds up a structure.

A column is a pillar. A post is a pillar. A pole is a pillar. We think of it as a large heavy substantial thing.

There are two senses of the word. It can be literal as in “a concrete pillar” or metaphorical (figurative) as in the four pillars (principles) of society.

Society is supported by principles in the same way that a physical structure or building is supported by upright pillars.

A Greek temple is supported by columns.

A Literal Use of the word “pillar”

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Link to Pillar Seventeen

A Metaphorical use of the word “pillar”

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Link to Four Pillars

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