verb (used with object)
Origin of bulwark
Examples from the Web for bulwark
The German Panzers fought with suicidal ferocity, storming the hill until it was rimmed with a bulwark of bodies.
First, however weak the court may be as a bulwark against majoritarian tyranny, it is better than no bulwark at all.
What we most wanted in a policy was a bulwark against financial devastation from a catastrophic illness.
When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark.Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013: Accessible, Yes, and Beautiful|Jimmy So|August 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Iran and Hezbollah, both Shiite, see Assad as a bulwark against Sunni influence.
A slight figure could be seen immediately above the bulwark on the land side.Lochinvar|S. R. Crockett
One bulwark of their faith, as they had been often told, passive obedience, was being swept away.The Anglo-French Entente in the Seventeenth Century|Charles Bastide
They have been the bulwark of Christendom against the unspeakable Turk and his religion.Birdseye Views of Far Lands|James T. Nichols
The devil has a great advantage against us, inasmuch as he has a strong bastion and bulwark against us in our own flesh and blood.
A portion yet remained fixed on the rock, and now and then we could still see the group crouching behind the bulwark.Studies in the Art of Rat-catching|H. C. Barkley
Word Origin for bulwark
early 15c., from Middle Dutch bulwerke or Middle High German bolwerc, probably from bole "plank, tree trunk" (from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell;" see bole) + werc "work" (see work (n.)). Figurative sense is from 1570s.