Definitions for object lesson
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.
example, deterrent example, lesson, object lesson(noun)
punishment intended as a warning to others
"they decided to make an example of him"
a lesson taught (especially to young children) using a familiar or unusual object as a focus
an example that typifies a principle
a punishment intended as a deterrent to others
Anything used an example or lesson which serves to warn others as to the outcomes that result from a particular action or behavior, as exemplified by the fates of those who followed that course.
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