stronghold

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From Middle English strong-holde, stranghalde, equivalent to strong +‎ hold.

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stronghold (plural strongholds)

  1. A fortress
  2. A place of refuge, survival or domination by a particular group or idea
    The last stronghold of the Cornish language.
    • 2017 July 7, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      It’s in this horse-opera mode that War For The Planet Of The Apes finds its most rewarding rhythms: in the parallels between Caesar’s woodland stronghold and the archetypal frontier settlements of Western fiction
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 1, chapter 10
      [] the Turks at once resolved to crush an enemy [the Greeks], which creeping on by degrees, had from their stronghold in the Morea, acquired Thrace and Macedonia, and had led their armies even to the gates of Constantinople []
    • 2017 August 25, Aukkarapon Niyomyat & Panarat Thepgumpanat, "Thai junta seeks Yingluck's arrest as former PM skips court verdict", in reuters.com, Reuters:
      In the northeastern province Khon Kaen, a Shinawatra stronghold, a leader of the red shirt political movement that supports Yingluck said her supporters felt frustrated.

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