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These rules are a bastion against corruption.
  defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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  • These rules are a bastion against corruption.
  • The universities were the last bastion of freedom, but they were purged of anyone who questioned official propaganda shortly after the coup.
  • This side of the castle, perhaps a hundred feet high, was the pink bastion they had seen from the mountain-top.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • To the North there were low pale-coloured hills, in places bastioned with rock.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair

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  • The Rooms, so close by the guard’s station, were bastions of propriety.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Lanre’s allies had brought about the ruin of the last bastions of the empire.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Bastion de la Hollande," she whispers, and her fingers walk down a little staircase.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Couldn’t she know what she did to me with this concubine’s speech, with those foul, priceless words which assailed like sharp spears the bastion of my own Christian gentility, with its aching repressions and restraints?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A small white cloud, which had attracted Dantes’ attention, crowned the summit of the bastion of the Chateau d’If.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Edoc’sil, ’Unconquerable,’ was the name of this bastion, for the mountain is so steep none may reach the top unless they can fly.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • Cracked cement ramparts, a less than mighty bastion, swamp cooler overflow, drool down the battlement.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He walked to an angle of the bastion, and beheld the scout advancing, under the custody of a French officer, to the body of the fort.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In fact the Rochellais had made a sortie during the night, and had retaken a bastion of which the royal army had gained possession two days before.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Langdon looked out at the towering stone bastions that loomed ahead-impenetrable fortifications surrounding the complex …. a strangely earthly defense for a spiritual world of secrets, power, and mystery.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Amid the Akhaians those two men named Aias, joining Diomedes and Odysseus, made bastion for Danaans.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I cannot help him under the sun’s rays, cannot be that man I was on Troy’s wide seaboard, in those days when I made bastion for the Argives and put an army’s best men in the dust.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • (Safely behind the bastion of MAMA) That’s right—look out, now!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • By Nysa’s bastion ivy-clad, By shores with clustered vineyards glad, There to thee the hymn rings out, And through our streets we Thebans shout, All hall to thee Evoe, Evoe!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Here Saturn’s grey chaos rolls over me, and I obtain dim, shuddering glimpses into those Polar eternities; when wedged bastions of ice pressed hard upon what are now the Tropics; and in all the 25,000 miles of this world’s circumference, not an inhabitable hand’s breadth of land was visible.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was among lean-to’s and adaptations—past ogham stones commemorating some long-dead Deag the son of No, built into a later bastion upside down.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Tom stared in glad wonder at the vast pile of masonry, the wide-spreading wings, the frowning bastions and turrets, the huge stone gateway, with its gilded bars and its magnificent array of colossal granite lions, and other the signs and symbols of English royalty.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • At this point it was enlarged from the old road to its present width by cutting into the solid bastion of the rock on the far side of the gorge; and its left or western edge, looking down from the pass and the bridge, was marked and protected by a line of upright cut blocks of stone where its edge fell sheer away to the gorge.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • An austere emotion carried the eye upward from milk-blue roofs to the gray rock bastion above, tremendous as the Wetterhorn above Grindelwald.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • They had a low and unassuming aspect from this upland, though as approached on the other side from Blackmoor in her childhood they were as lofty bastions against the sky.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • And the king ordered his mamelukes to loose his elbow-bonds and imprison him in one of the bastions of the citadel.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Very strong it might be, wrought of steel and iron, and guarded with towers and bastions of indomitable stone, yet it was the key, the weakest point in all that high and impenetrable wall.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Beyond the grey bastions of Fort Adams a long-drawn sunset was splintering up into a thousand fires, and the radiance caught the sail of a catboat as it beat out through the channel between the Lime Rock and the shore.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • No one had ever mentioned Asirgarh to her, but it had huge and noble bastions and to the right of them was a mosque.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • And that bastion of high culture, Gilligan’s Island, had an episode where Phil Silvers, famous as TV’s Sergeant Bilko and therefore adding to the highbrow content, was putting together a musical Hamlet, the highlight of which was Polonius’s "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" speech set to the tune of "Habanera" from Bizet’s Carmen.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The old-fashioned fronts of these houses, which had older than old-fashioned backs, rose sheer from the pavement, into which the bow windows protruded like bastions, necessitating a pleasing chassez-dechassez movement to the time-pressed pedestrian at every few yards.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Lastly, her cheek-bones stood out, as if nature had intended them for two bastions to defend her eyes in those encounters for which she seemed so well calculated, and to which she was most wonderfully well inclined.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • One day, as I was weary of our usual place, beside the wooden horses, Francoise had taken me for an excursion—across the frontier guarded at regular intervals by the little bastions of the barley-sugar women—into those neighbouring but foreign regions, where the faces of the passers-by were strange, where the goat-carriage went past; then she had gone away to lay down her things on a chair that stood with its back to a shrubbery of laurels; while I waited for her I was pacing the broad…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • And Wall Street, certain firms in that originally WASP financial bastion, at any rate.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • An ancient bastion of unspeakable power.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Even the National Restaurant Association, a corporate bastion of the old mindset, now acknowledges the change.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Boca Raton was a wealthy Republican bastion largely populated with recent arrivals from New Jersey and New York.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Lincoln can clearly see that Richmond—or what’s left of it—hardly resembles a genteel southern bastion.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Her walls were higher than Yunkai’s and in better repair, studded with bastions and anchored by great defensive towers at every angle.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • High and straight, brown and polished, merging abruptly into temples and skull, it had the effect of a bastion that protected his head from the world.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Growing to adulthood in this bastion of liberalism and democracy, Socrates somehow developed a set of values and beliefs that would put him at odds with most of his fellow Athenians.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Captain Hollister availed himself of this circumstance to scramble ever the breastwork and obtain a footing in the bastion—for such was the nature of the fortress, as connected with the cave.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Amagiri has just dropped nine hundred soldiers at Vila, on nearby Kolombangara Island, and is racing back to the Japanese bastion at Rabaul, New Guinea, before dawn will allow American bombers to find and destroy her.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "Good morrow, brother Cap," said the Sergeant giving the military salute, as he walked, in a grave, stately manner, on the bastion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Hull House had become a bastion of progressive thought inhabited by strong-willed young women, "interspersed," as one visitor put it, "with earnest-faced, self-subordinating and mild-mannered men who slide from room to room apologetically."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • It stood on a green hill, but of a green not of this world, and it was surrounded by massive walls and bastions to be stormed by no machines or engines of man’s invention, but by prayer and fasting, by contrite sighs and by mortifications of the flesh.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The huge bastions that encircled Boston were left standing, but only a holding force under General Ward remained to keep watch.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Murders happened everywhere, but Soho was an arty bastion for the young and struggling who more often debated their disagreements over tiny glasses of cheap wine or cups of cafe Oil, watercolor, and compu artists hawked their wares on corners and in storefronts, competing with food vendors who promised hybrid fruits, iced yogurts, or vegetable purees uncontaminated by preservatives.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • 9 Bastion West Side, famous last bulwark in the Siege of New York, was dedicated as a war memorial.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • …exultant charioteer.
    And after Tyro I saw Asopus’ daughter Antiope,
    proud she’d spent a night in the arms of Zeus himself
     
    and borne the god twin sons, Amphion and Zethus,
    the first to build the footings of seven-gated Thebes,
    her bastions too, for lacking ramparts none could live
    in a place so vast, so open—strong as both men were.
    And I saw Alcmena next, Amphitryon’s wife,
    who slept in the clasp of Zeus and merged in love
    and brought forth Heracles, rugged will and lion…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Again her fingers find the outer ramparts, the Bastion de la Hollande, the little staircase leading down.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
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