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impregnable
as in:  the fort was impregnable


an impregnable fortress
  able to withstand attack
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  • an impregnable fortress
  • an impregnable argument
  • impregnable self-confidence
  • The impregnable strength of him—earthing his feet near her shoulders.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved

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  • She’s impregnable herself, and with the element of time working for her she eventually gets inside everyone.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • There she was impregnable.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • If only they had an impregnable submarine like the Nautilus.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • ) when they had both gazed at the Arabian stallion: these seemed to her to signal cracks in that impregnable mask.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I began to understand why our little band of horsemen had ridden through the night to reach the castle; this would be a place of impregnable safety to men pursued by the Crown’s men.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It’s totally impregnable.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen

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  • They were all impregnable, as the Party intended that they should be.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Stengel was impregnable to friendship.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Chapter 25 Jurgis got up, wild with rage, but the door was shut and the great castle was dark and impregnable.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • They had dominated those slopes, caves, and hideouts for centuries, turning them into impregnable military strongholds against all comers.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Then also, as Athos had predicted, it became possible to find Mme. Bonacieux, and a convent was not impregnable.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • No, no, thank you, I much prefer our nest in the tree, or our impregnable position at Tentholm.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The building’s impregnable.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Moreover, on her side, was his belief that her ethical motive in the argument was impregnable.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • …. untouchable? …. impregnable? …. impregnable to any assault, magical or physical.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Slowly, cautiously, it was unrolling its ball of impregnable armour.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He had come to believe, after years of creating respect and fear wherever he put his foot down, after years of being the tallest man in every gathering, that he was impregnable.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that, for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The whites of his moony eyes grew large and misty as his mouth struggled yearningly and lost against the familiar, impregnable loneliness drifting in around him again like suffocating fog.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She was tall and bony, and almost always wore a coarse apron, fastened over her figure behind with two loops, and having a square impregnable bib in front, that was stuck full of pins and needles.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And of these witnesses Mr. Wadgers was presently missing, having retired impregnably behind the bolts and bars of his own house, and Jaffers was lying stunned in the parlour of the "Coach and Horses."
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • This was impregnable, and admitted of neither objection nor restriction.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • For I was not prepared to see Father Mapple after gaining the height, slowly turn round, and stooping over the pulpit, deliberately drag up the ladder step by step, till the whole was deposited within, leaving him impregnable in his little Quebec.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The castle was built on the corner of a great rock, so that on three sides it was quite impregnable, and great windows were placed here where sling, or bow, or culverin could not reach, and consequently light and comfort, impossible to a position which had to be guarded, were secured.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • She was helpless before his calm smile and his drawling remarks, for she had never before met anyone who was so completely impregnable.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He had got his hindquarters into the nook of a tree blown down by a gale, in an impregnable position.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Perhaps this would not have been so had it been possible to get rid of M. de Villefort; but, like the feudal barons who rebelled against their sovereign, he dwelt in an impregnable fortress.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Then with the pieces of cable which I had cut on board, I regularly laid them in a circle between the piles up to their tops, which were more than five feet out of the earth, and after drove another row of piles looking within side against them, between two or three feet high, which made me conclude it a little impregnable castle against men and beasts.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • High-thundering Zeus himself could not now otherwise dispose the fight: those walls are overthrown we put our trust in as impregnable, a bulwark for the ships and for ourselves.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The tower episode solidified my power, and made it impregnable.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • He described the cataract of Glenn’s; the impregnable position of its rocky island, with its caverns and its numerous rapids and whirlpools; he named the name of "La Longue Carabine," and paused until the forest beneath them had sent up the last echo of a loud and long yell, with which the hated appellation was received.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They speak quietly, without heat, giving pause to weigh one another’s words, as two men already impregnable, each in his own conviction will.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The combined weight of Saphira’s declaration and her impregnable logic had convinced Nasuada and Arya to grant their approval, albeit grudgingly.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • There was always a traitor in the citadel; and after he (or generally she) had surrendered the keys, what was the use of pretending that it was impregnable?
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • But not in vain: Their charge would mark the beginning of the end for "impregnable" Suribachi—and thus for Iwo Jima itself as a factor in the war.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Here they had thrown up a kind of fort, which they had looked upon as almost impregnable, and had used as a place of refuge for their squaws and children.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • He could almost see her, waiting in one of the dark airless rooms in the little grim house’s impregnable solitude.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It still seemed to me that he took a stance all too conveniently impregnable.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • To open a window, a staff person had to unlock the security screen, which was a thick impregnable mesh on a steel frame, then lift the heavy unbreakable-glass-paned window, then shut and relock the security screen.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Life hadn’t got at her yet; she had a false air of impregnability.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • That influence, in its last analysis, was simply the power of money: Bertha Dorset’s social credit was based on an impregnable bank-account.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He has evidently a hiding-place in his house that he fancies to be pretty impregnable.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Of being locked into a physically impregnable cocoon.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The first to fall was the Goletta, until then reckoned impregnable, and it fell, not by any fault of its defenders, who did all that they could and should have done, but because experiment proved how easily entrenchments could be made in the desert sand there; for water used to be found at two palms depth, while the Turks found none at two yards; and so by means of a quantity of sandbags they raised their works so high that they commanded the walls of the fort, sweeping them as if from…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • All the stone-circle had been thrown down and removed, and the land within was made into a garden filled with orchards and trees, and a stream ran through it; but in the midst of all there was a lake of clear water, and out of it the Tower of Orthanc rose still, tall and impregnable, and its black rock was mirrored in the pool.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
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