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  • adj. having buttresses or supports.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of buttress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished with a buttress or buttresses: said of an arch, or of a building or part of a building, as a Gothic church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. held up by braces or buttresses


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  • It helps to remember that in the early 1960s, before the Stonewall Nation, feminists, and anti-colonial guerillas rose up to fight for pride and empowerment, abject depictions of women, queers and the colonized were still the default expression buttressed by law and religion.

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  • Still, it wasn't until I'd passed through the "buttressed" spruce, which marks the unofficial entrance to OSI, and walked the hundred yards or so to a fallen tree upon whose trunk sits a red stone - the very square inch itself - that I apprehended just how privileged I was to be having the experience.

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  • As these groups immigrated to America, religion flowed naturally out of their ethnic heritage, while ethnicity buttressed their religion.

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  • The corporatist mentality no longer even has the empirical support that buttressed Berle's confidence in the power and long-term supremacy of large corporations.

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  • From that base he could assume political office and power, and that was what young Washington aimed for: enough land and wealth to join that rarefied circle, buttressed by an honorable reputation however earned.

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  • While TRAC officials said that buttressed their report's findings, Astrue said the more meaningful measure was the faster processing and decision-issuing times produced by his agency's improvement efforts.

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  • He became known as the architect of the "single-bullet theory" that buttressed the finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin.

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  • The more than four hours of speeches, poetry and music were buttressed with testimonials from out-of-work Americans, immigrants, veterans and Native Americans.

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  • The Pentagon contingent has been buttressed by Secretary Robert Gates.

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  • Unfortunately, in the US much of ruthless power grabbing is pursued by leaders who take public pride in their faith and commitment to the public restoration of Christian values; often buttressed by expressions of hypocritical humility and concerns for the spiritual and moral wellness of the soul of the American nation.

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