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Examples of bastion in a Sentence
the rebel army retreated to its bastion in the mountains to regroup
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The last bastion of the trade is now Japan, said Knights, of WildAid.
But Christmas is the biggest holiday in the country, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, giving officials a hard time getting people’s attention away from the holidays to heed the warnings.
The pope has been diplomatic in his outreach to the Georgian Orthodox Church, a bastion of national identity in the country.
This is a huge loss for the remain side, as the city was a bastion of the Labour party.
Meanwhile, the patrician heart of old London—that bastion of privilege known as Mayfair, the most expensive property on the British Monopoly board—languished seemingly forgotten in the giddy rush to the fringes.
Rebels there said that the suburb of Daraya is a bastion of insurgents who are not affiliated with either the Nusra Front or the Islamic State, but the Syrian government said Daraya was not covered under any truce.
Hollywood's supposed to be a bastion of creativity; China's film officials exist to stifle it.
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Did You Know?
Bastion is constructed of etymological building blocks that are very similar to those of "bastille" (a word now used as a general term for a prison, but probably best known as the name of the Parisian fortress-turned-prison stormed by an angry mob at the start of the French Revolution). The history of "bastion" can be traced through Middle French to the Old Italian verb bastire, which means "to build." "Bastille" descends from the Old Occitan verb "bastir," which also means "to build." "Bastir" and "bastire" are themselves of Germanic origin and akin to the Old High German word besten, meaning "to patch."
Origin and Etymology of bastion
Middle French, from Old Italian bastione, augmentative of bastia fortress, derivative from dialect form of bastire to build, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch
First Known Use: 1562
BASTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bastion for English Language Learners
: a place or system in which something (such as an old-fashioned idea) continues to survive
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