V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. something that gives support; 2. a support, usually made of stone or brick, which supports a building; (v.) to support or reinforce something

Synonyms: (n.) support, prop, brace, bulwark, (v.) support, bolster, reinforce, strengthen, fortify

Antonyms: (v.) weaken, let down

Tips: Buttress can be used in the literal sense of giving support to something like a building, or it can be used in the more figurative sense of giving support to a cause or idea. In the noun form, a modification or addition which strengthens a case, argument, or plan can be referred to as a buttress.

Usage Examples:

The new evidence helped to buttress the defense attorney's argument and won him the case. (bolster, support, strengthen) verb

To buttress their recommendations, the team members presented market research that supported their respective ideas. (reinforce, support) verb

I fear that the buttress used to support this wall is too old to function much longer. (support, brace) noun

Although the building was very old, it was decided that it would be worthwhile to buttress the crumbling walls, rather than tear the whole thing down. (brace, bolster, reinforce) verb

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