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fortify
used in The Scarlet Letter

2 uses
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Definition to make stronger — such as:
  • to add defensive fortifications to a site to withstand attack
  • to make a structure or organization stronger
  • to inspire emotional and mental strength
  • to strengthen an argument
  • to add nutrients to increase the healthfulness
  • The prejudices which they shared in common with the latter were fortified in themselves by an iron frame-work of reasoning, that made it a far tougher labour to expel them.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (39% in)
  • Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.
    Chapter 2 -- The Market Place (78% in)

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