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fortify
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to make stronger
in various senses, including:
  • to add defensive fortifications to a site to withstand attack — as in "fortify the camp"
  • to make a structure or organization stronger — as in "fortify the wall"
  • to inspire emotional and mental strength — as in "fortify her spirits"
  • to strengthen an argument — as in "fortify our argument"
  • to add nutrients to increase the healthfulness — as in "bread fortified with folic acid and iron"
  • to add alcohol to make a drink stronger and/or less prone to spoiling — as in "port, sherry, madeira, and other fortified wines"
  • About his ordinary bearing there was a certain fling, a fearless expectation of success, a confidence in his own powers and integrity much fortified by contempt for petty obstacles or seductions of which he had had no experience.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (2% in)
  • Mr. Bulstrode's power was not due simply to his being a country banker, who knew the financial secrets of most traders in the town and could touch the springs of their credit; it was fortified by a beneficence that was at once ready and severe—ready to confer obligations, and severe in watching the result.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (31% in)
  • Fred was not fortified against disgust by brandy, as his companions were, but the hope of having at last seen the horse that would enable him to make money was exhilarating enough to lead him over the same ground again the first thing in the morning.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (12% in)
  • Will was not displeased with that complimentary comparison, even from Mr. Brooke; for it is a little too trying to human flesh to be conscious of expressing one's self better than others and never to have it noticed, and in the general dearth of admiration for the right thing, even a chance bray of applause falling exactly in time is rather fortifying.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (30% in)
  • "I'll take another glass of sherry, Ladislaw," he said, with an easy air, to Will, who was close behind him, and presently handed him the supposed fortifier.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (72% in)
  • Any one watching her might have seen that there was a fortifying thought within her.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (98% in)

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