retrenchment

[ri-trench-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
  2. Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.

Origin of retrenchment

From the French word retrenchement, dating back to 1590–1600. See retrench, -ment
Related formsnon·re·trench·ment, noun
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Contemporary Examples of retrenchment

  • The Washington Post, after a difficult four-year retrenchment, has tapped Boston Globe Editor Marty Baron to run the newsroom.

  • The Obama era, so far, is all about repair and retrenchment.

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    Obama: More Nixon Than Carter

    Melik Kaylan

    September 25, 2010

  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the committee chairman, quickly denied that any sort of retrenchment was under way.

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    The Dems' Cold Cash Calculus

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    September 8, 2010

  • On some issues, such as Afghanistan, the Retrenchment Republicans sound like the left wing of the Democratic Party.

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    The GOP's Three-Headed Monster

    James Mann

    December 25, 2009

  • Republican presidential candidates will have to decide which way to lean, toward muscular foreign policy or retrenchment.

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    The GOP's Three-Headed Monster

    James Mann

    December 25, 2009

Historical Examples of retrenchment


British Dictionary definitions for retrenchment

retrenchment

noun
  1. the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
  2. an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Word Origin and History for retrenchment
n.

"action of lopping off or pruning," c.1600, from obsolete French retrenchement "a cutting off or out," from retrencher (see retrench (v.2)). Military sense is recorded from 1580s; see retrench (v.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

retrenchment in Medicine

retrenchment

[rĭ-trĕnchmənt]
n.
  1. The cutting away of superfluous tissue.
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