What’s the meaning of “Scendere dal piedistallo”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian idiom Scendere dal piedistallo along with its pronunciation. If you are somewhat arrogant, this expression is for you!

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Scendere dal piedistallo

Meaning of the idiom

Scendere dal piedistallo can be literally translated as “to get off the pedestal”. Its meaning is the same as the English expression to get off your high horse, so it’s used to describe someone who feels superior to anyone else.

Linguistically speaking, this idiom can be broken down into…

  • scendere (to get off)
  • dal (from the)
  • piedistallo (pedestal)

For example, you could say…

Ilenia dovrebbe scendere dal piedistallo.
Ilenia should get off her high horse.

Lucrezia si crede una principessa. Qualcuno dovrebbe farla scendere dal piedistallo.
Lucrezia thinks of herself as a princess. Someone should get her off her high horse.

snickering princess

Pronunciation of Scendere dal piedistallo in Italian

Now let’s hear how this idiom is pronounced.

Scendere dal piedistallo.
To get off your high horse.
Literally: To get off the pedestal.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does Scendere dal piedistallo come from?

When you’re on a pedestal, you’re looking at everyone from the top down. You’re standing in a crowd, you’re highly visible…as you think you deserve to be.

When you get off the pedestal, you’re back into the crowd. You are no longer in a higher position, but you are just like everybody else. You are humbled.

girl sitting on a brown chair

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian idiom Scendere dal piedistallo!

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