V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a place of protection or defense; 2. a supporter providing strength and protection; 3. the part of a fortress that projects out and offers protection

Synonyms: bulwark, citadel, fortification, stronghold, safeguard, ramparts

Antonyms: weakness

Tips: Bastion is related to the word bastille, or "fortress." Both words come from French, which draws from the Italian word bastire, meaning "to build." In politics, you often hear the term bastion to describe a safety structure for political beliefs. i.e: "The small town was a bastion of conservatism."

Usage Examples:

The movie is about a young band of heroes who serve as the last bastion against the dark powers that have taken hold of their land. (stronghold, safeguard, defense)

Since most universities are quite liberal, it was atypical to find a university that was a bastion for conservative political beliefs. (safeguard, stronghold)

When I'm in a bad mood, my home is my bastion of protection from the outside world. (citadel, safeguard)

The energetic forward was a bastion of hope for the young soccer team. (stronghold, safeguard)

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