Part of speech: noun
Origin: Hindi, early 17th century
An overwhelming force that destroys anything in its path
An institution that inspires blind devotion and sacrifice
Examples of Juggernaut in a sentence
"The youngest candidate is a juggernaut, impressing voters and blowing away competitors in every debate."
"Harry Potter has turned into a global juggernaut, with the books having inspired movies, plays, theme parks, and any kind of merchandise you can think of."
Popularity Over Time
The word juggernaut was adopted into English after a 14th-century monk came back from India with stories of how people worshipped the Hindu god Jagannath. In religious processions an enormous statue of Jagannath was carried through the streets on a carriage, and fanatical worshippers would throw themselves under the wheels as a sacrifice. Juggernaut came to be used in Europe to describe any massive vehicle or unstoppable force.
Did you Know?
Juggernaut is an X-Men villain from Marvel Comics who earned his powerful name because of his mutant abilities. He’s unstoppable once in motion; he doesn’t tire from physical activity; he heals quickly, and he can survive without food, water, and oxygen.