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buttress

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of buttress

  1. 1 something or someone to which one looks for support <the mother had always been the buttress of our family in trying times> Synonyms anchor, dependence, mainstay, pillar, reliance, standbyRelated Words backbone, sinew(s), spine; right hand; bolsterer, crutch, handmaiden (also handmaid), prop, stay; anchorage, harbor, refuge

  2. 2 a structure that holds up or serves as a foundation for something else <after the wall collapsed, the construction company agreed to rebuild it with a buttress> Synonyms brace, support, mount, mounting, prop, reinforcement, shore, spur, stay, underpinningRelated Words shoring; column, pedestal, pilaster, pillar; arch, bolster, bracket, cantilever, girder; bearing; crutch, peg, post, stake, stanchion, stand, stilt, strut, truss; base, foundation, frame




buttress

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of buttress

  1. 1 to hold up or serve as a foundation for <a brace buttressed the wall> Synonyms bear, bolster, brace, support, carry, prop (up), shore (up), stay, sustain, undergird, underpin, upholdRelated Words steady, truss, underlie

  2. 2 to provide evidence or information for (as a claim or idea) <a mass of circumstantial evidence buttresses the prosecutor's case> Synonyms back, bolster, support, corroborate, reinforce (also reenforce), shore (up), substantiateRelated Words confirm, establish, prove, verify; affirm, avouch, validateNear Antonyms undercut, undermine, weaken





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