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bastion

[bas-chuh n, -tee-uh n] /ˈbæs tʃən, -ti ən/
noun
1.
Fortification. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.
2.
a fortified place.
3.
anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition, etc.:
a bastion of solitude; a bastion of democracy.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Italian bastione, equivalent to Upper Italian bastí(a) bastion, orig., fortified, built (cognate with Italian bastita, past participle of bastire to build < Germanic; see baste1) + -one augmentative suffix
Related forms
bastionary
[bas-chuh-ner-ee] /ˈbæs tʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
bastioned, adjective
Synonyms
2. fortress, fort, bulwark, stronghold, citadel.
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Examples for bastions
  • Let's not forget that universities are hardly the bastions of free intellectual inquiry that they might once have been.
  • Our school systems, on the other hand, are bastions of stability.
  • They've never been great bastions of journalism, but they didn't always used to be this annoying.
  • For business travelers who appreciate the fine things, a growing list of understated bastions of elegance define downtown luxury.
British Dictionary definitions for bastions

bastion

/ˈbæstɪən/
noun
1.
a projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall
2.
any fortified place
3.
a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etc the last bastion of opposition
Word Origin
C16: from French, from earlier bastillon bastion, from bastilleBastille
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Word Origin and History for bastions
bastion
1560s, from M.Fr. bastillon, dim. of O.Fr. bastille "fortress, tower, fortified, building," from O.Prov. bastir "build," originally "make with bast" (see baste (1)).
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