One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Not fortified against attack.‘there seems to have been an unfortified village on the site’
in danger, in peril, in jeopardy, at risk, endangered, unsafe, unprotected, ill-protected, unguardedView synonyms
- ‘Worn out, he retired to Cardross, his quiet, thatched, unfortified summer hall on the Clyde, and sailed and fished like the Celtic forebears he was careful to acknowledge.’
- ‘The best Red Army units were foolishly positioned on the unfortified frontier, where they were overrun.’
- ‘Buddhism suffered greatly from these raids, since its unfortified monasteries offered easy pickings.’
- ‘If the electrical power lines to a plant were cut, the reactor would automatically shut down unless relatively unfortified backup generators were disabled.’
- ‘These factories were to serve as unfortified commercial establishments, and the French renounced all acquisitions outside their confines.’
- ‘They left France's frontier with Belgium unfortified, and the assumption was that the Germans would attack, as in 1914, through north and central Belgium.’
- ‘Each tribe encompassed a number of neighboring villages, most of which during the fifth century were unfortified.’
2(of wine) without added spirits.
- ‘Vermouth is a flavoured fortified wine, while the Greek retsina is perhaps the most strikingly flavoured unfortified wine.’
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