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Definition 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)
  • The universities were the last bastion of freedom, but they were purged of anyone who questioned official propaganda shortly after the coup.
bastion = defensive fortification
  • These rules are a bastion against corruption.
  • bastion = defensive fortification
  • 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
  • bastion = defensive fortification (like a castle wall)
  • To the North there were low pale-coloured hills, in places bastioned with rock.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • bastioned = protected
  • Nothing but what you might expect: pink, tumbled boulders with guano layered on them like icing; and a steep slope up to the shattered rocks that crowned the bastion.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • bastion = defensive fortification (like a castle wall)
  • There, where the island petered out in water, was another island; a rock, almost detached, standing like a fort, facing them across the green with one bold, pink bastion.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • bastion = defensive fortification (like a castle wall)
  • Even the National Restaurant Association, a corporate bastion of the old mindset, now acknowledges the change.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • An ancient bastion of unspeakable power.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Boca Raton was a wealthy Republican bastion largely populated with recent arrivals from New Jersey and New York.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • And Wall Street, certain firms in that originally WASP financial bastion, at any rate.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 9 Bastion West Side, famous last bulwark in the Siege of New York, was dedicated as a war memorial.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lanre's allies had brought about the ruin of the last bastions of the empire.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • (Safely behind the bastion of MAMA) That's right—look out, now!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun

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