Word of the DaySaturday, July 04, 2009
\ram-pahrt\ , noun;
A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
A means of protection or defense; a bulwark.
To defend with a rampart.
To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
As his corpse to the rampart we hurried.
-- Charles Wolfe, The Burial of Sir John Moore
There is no rampart that will hold out against malice.
Rampart derives from Middle French remparer, equivalent to re + emparer "to take the possesion of."
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