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To justify and fortify myself I thought how badly my husband had behaved to me.

That name seemed to fortify them against the scouts of passion.

Do you think these are the men who are likely to fortify and maintain your title to the crown?

"The enemy are continuing to fortify the coast, Sir," said the subaltern.

A truce is then made for the purpose of burying the dead, and the Greeks fortify their camp.

And indeed the aspect of the princely abode had something about it to fortify his hope.

As soon as they reached the houses they began to fortify them.

Why had she not been allowed time, opportunity, to fortify herself!

Jan. 29—Turks fortify Erzerum, and order civilians to depart.

Mezentius halted and attempted to fortify himself on a hill.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "increase efficacy" (of medicine); mid-15c., "provide (a town) with walls and defenses," from Old French fortifiier (14c.) "to fortify, strengthen," from Late Latin fortificare "to strengthen, make strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + facere "to make" (see factitious).

Sense of "to strengthen mentally or morally" is from late 15c. Meaning "add liquor or alcohol" is from 1880. Related: Fortified; fortifying.

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