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stronghold

[strawng-hohld, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋˌhoʊld, ˈstrɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a well-fortified place; fortress.
2.
a place that serves as the center of a group, as of militants or of persons holding a controversial viewpoint:
The campus was a stronghold of liberalism.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see strong, hold1
Synonyms
1, 2. bulwark, bastion. 2. home, refuge.
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British Dictionary definitions for strong-hold

stronghold

/ˈstrɒŋˌhəʊld/
noun
1.
a defensible place; fortress
2.
a major centre or area of predominance
Word Origin
C15: from strong + hold1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)
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Word Origin and History for strong-hold

stronghold

n.

early 15c., from strong (adj.) + hold (n.) "fortified place, refuge."

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