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fortify
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

4 uses
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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"
  • The struggle was so fearful; her own heart was so strongly on the side of his—two ardent hearts against one poor little conscience— that she tried to fortify her resolution by every means in her power.
    4 — The Consequence (32% in)
  • The two women valiantly disguised these forced excursions and countermarches as well as they could from Durbeyfield, their cause, and from Abraham, and from themselves; and so they approached by degrees their own door, the head of the family bursting suddenly into his former refrain as he drew near, as if to fortify his soul at sight of the smallness of his present residence— "I've got a fam—ily vault at Kingsbere!"
    1 — The Maiden (32% in)
  • At a pause in the service, while they were kneeling together, she unconsciously inclined herself towards him, so that her shoulder touched his arm; she had been frightened by a passing thought, and the movement had been automatic, to assure herself that he was really there, and to fortify her belief that his fidelity would be proof against all things.
    4 — The Consequence (83% in)
  • Afterwards she took the ring from the ribbon on which she wore it next her heart, and retained it on her finger all night, as if to fortify herself in the sensation that she was really the wife of this elusive lover of hers, who could propose that Izz should go with him abroad, so shortly after he had left her.
    5 — The Woman Pays (87% in)

There are no more uses of "fortify" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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