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- n. Obsolete form of bastille.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tower or an elevated work, used for the defense, or in the siege, of a fortified place.
- n. “The Bastille”, formerly a castle or fortress in Paris, used as a prison, especially for political offenders; hence, a rhetorical name for a prison.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To confine in a bastile; imprison.
- n. A bridge-tower, gate-tower, outlying defense, or citadel.
- n. In French history, a fortress used as a state prison.
- n. Hence By extension, any prison, especially one conducted in an arbitrary or oppressive way.
- n. A movable tower used by the besiegers of a strong place, whether for approaching the walls (see belfry) or as a defense and protection for the besiegers.
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The latter part of this censure is judiciously correct; but the epithet "bastile" is perhaps too harsh for some ears.
American bastile: A history of the arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of American citizens during the late Civil War by John A Marshall
American bastile: A history of the illegal arrests and imprisionment of American citizens in the northern and border states, on account of their political ... the late Civil War (Liberty reprint series) by John A Marshall
This Government think they cleaver now but once my child is older and not supported by me im gonna make it my mission to create an event similar to the storming of the bastile in France some years ago, us pesants as they see us deserve more more more & more... poxey people get me all mad...
These men seemed to love the negro so well that they were not willing to let even freedmen leave the State, if they have but the least taint of African blood in their veins; and now they stand as sentinels around the tottering bastile, lest some of the victims escape.
Thanks to the fugitive law, it has led to the construction of a "_key_," which has unlocked our Republican bastile, thrown open to the sunlight its hideous dungeons, and exposed the various instruments of torture for subjecting the soul, as well as the body, to hopeless and unresisting bondage.
Montgomery, through their writings, and the knowledge that they had been incarcerated within the walls of the bastile that we were just leaving, caused us to look back again and again upon its dark grey turrets.
For two years they worked day after day down in the Kansas bastile.
"I'm pretty much broke up since I came out of the bastile," said the old man.
He cut himself a slice of chewing tobacco and glanced meditatively out of the window of the Dearborn Street bastile.
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