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Wednesday, July 14

Bastion

[BAS-chən]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid-16th century

1.

An institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles, attitudes, or activities.

2.

A projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions.

Examples of Bastion in a sentence

"By the time Tim got tenure, he was a bastion of academia."

"The naval base has a bastion that juts out into the ocean."

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About Bastion

This word is French, by way of the Italian “bastione.” That comes from “bastire,” meaning “build.”

Did you Know?

“Bastion” is also a role-playing video game that was released in 2011. Complete with narration, players have to create and fight for civilization’s last stronghold in the game’s imaginary setting.

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