- a well-fortified place; fortress.
- a place that serves as the center of a group, as of militants or of persons holding a controversial viewpoint: The campus was a stronghold of liberalism.
Origin of stronghold
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1, 2. bulwark, bastion. 2. home, refuge.
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Examples from the Web for stronghold
A Shiite stronghold wrapped in a Sunni explosive belt—not exactly a picture of stability.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
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In Diyarbakır, a PKK stronghold, protestors defied orders to remain indoors.Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.
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It still remains incredibly difficult for new comics and heroes to get a stronghold in the marketplace.DC Comics’ Diversity Crisis: Why the Status Quo Rules
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Aleppo has been a stronghold of the more legitimate opposition to Bashar al-Assad.Why the Border Bigots Are Beating Obama
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Several are dead and Western journalists taken hostage as open warfare erupts around pro-Russian stronghold of Slovyansk.Eastern Ukraine Explodes, Russian Invasion Grows More Likely
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Meantime the stronghold of Mauburn's optimism was being desperately stormed.The Spenders
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This stronghold Morgan must have if he ever hoped to win Panama.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Silchester was originally a British stronghold, and was called by them Calleva.English Villages
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Otherwise, not on Morality, but on Cookery, let us build our stronghold.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
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Stronghold after stronghold fell into their hands, until they were in Urbino itself.The Life of Cesare Borgia
- a defensible place; fortress
- a major centre or area of predominance
C15: from strong + hold 1 (in the archaic sense: a fortified place)
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Word Origin and History for stronghold
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