Definition of stronghold in English:



  • 1A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.

    ‘their mountain strongholds fell to enemy attack’
    • ‘He demonstrated the value of infantry strongholds, when they were properly supported, to inhibit enemy armoured thrusts.’
    • ‘Iraqi strongholds and fortified areas were sealed off with a part of coalition forces.’
    • ‘He tried without success to attack the Frankish strongholds while the Crusader army was pinned down in Egypt.’
    • ‘World War I saw the evolution of a new fortification setup combining field strongholds with fortresses.’
    • ‘It has been deployed to fill in for American combat troops required for the attack on the rebel stronghold.’
    • ‘The government deployed additional military forces to attack terrorist strongholds.’
    • ‘The system of defense positions is built on a combination of strongholds, ambushes, fire pockets, and armor group positions.’
    • ‘If Brocade is to protect its stronghold there, it too needs to offer an end-to-end solution.’
    • ‘The charter references to ‘fortress-work’ imply fortified strongholds rather than dykes.’
    • ‘Successive English strongholds have fallen to outsiders.’
    • ‘The face smiled wickedly, waved, and vanished in a swirl of proud bastions and fortified strongholds.’
    • ‘In this mode you make a custom fighter, then you go through a tactical game of taking enemy strongholds to fortify your battlefield position.’
    • ‘They were able to build a fortified town and a stronghold they called a vault in case of an assault.’
    • ‘By this time, they had gained control over all the bastions, strongholds and fortifications surrounding the city.’
    • ‘Government troops recently violated a ceasefire, attacking a rebel stronghold in the north.’
    • ‘They appeared to drive the enemy from the capital within days and then mounted attacks on rebel strongholds elsewhere.’
    • ‘The use of dummy strongholds and targets can minimize fire impact of an attacking enemy force 20 percent to 30 percent.’
    • ‘At the same time opposition forces began building fortified strongholds in hard-to-access mountainous areas.’
    • ‘Cadeyrn was gone from the palace for days at a time, visiting forts along the coast and the strongholds of his warlords.’
    • ‘We are taking the fight into the strongholds of the enemy, and we are dealing the enemy blow after blow, damaging it daily.’
    fortress, fort, castle, citadel, garrison, keep, tower, hold, donjon, bunker
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  • 2A place where a particular cause or belief is strongly defended or upheld.

    ‘a Labour stronghold’
    • ‘California has the undeserved reputation of being a liberal stronghold, a land of progressive new ideas.’
    • ‘His right wing PAN party lost legislative seats and governorships in places long considered PAN strongholds.’
    • ‘The middle and upper end of the market continues to be a stronghold of independent agencies such as Strutt & Parker and its peers.’
    • ‘By invoking prohibitions in this way the nation seeks to establish universally acknowledged strongholds.’
    • ‘Ganesh and Rohit hope to capitalise on their stronghold of creativity and use of actual sounds.’
    • ‘They take in the Thornton & Allerton, and Clayton & Fairweather Green wards, both Tory strongholds in local elections.’
    • ‘Both countries are Labour strongholds and the party would have expected to dominate under first-past-the-post electoral systems.’
    • ‘No, there'll be no libelling their stronghold as the ‘land of rain’, true as it may be.’
    • ‘We will discover Nature's secret strongholds.’
    • ‘In fact, the Foreign Ministry has been a stronghold of fascist continuity.’
    • ‘However, the party failed to progress beyond its regional strongholds even after it had reshaped itself into the Canadian Alliance.’
    • ‘But Republicans also lost ground in some traditional strongholds.’
    • ‘He has been to Democrat strongholds, Republican bastions and across the battleground states of the Midwest.’
    • ‘Moreover, trade union strongholds in the public sector are further threatened by ongoing privatisation.’
    • ‘It is why the pro-choice side is losing ground now outside its strongholds on the coasts.’
    • ‘The worst slums tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic, and the fanciest suburbs tend to be Republican strongholds.’
    • ‘Traditional strongholds in western regions have also experienced big rises.’
    • ‘For reformers all along the rhetorical spectrum, red-light districts were the strongholds of organized vice.’
    • ‘Their strongholds lie in the cities in which many students, academics, civil servants and public employees live.’
    • ‘The contemporary music scene was the stronghold of disco and stadium rock, the two bland ends of a narrow spectrum.’
    bastion, centre, refuge, hotbed
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