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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Buddhism suffered greatly from these raids, since its unfortified monasteries offered easy pickings.’
- ‘These factories were to serve as unfortified commercial establishments, and the French renounced all acquisitions outside their confines.’
- ‘The best Red Army units were foolishly positioned on the unfortified frontier, where they were overrun.’
- ‘If the electrical power lines to a plant were cut, the reactor would automatically shut down unless relatively unfortified backup generators were disabled.’
- ‘Each tribe encompassed a number of neighboring villages, most of which during the fifth century were unfortified.’
- ‘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.’
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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