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undergird

To secure, support, or strengthen a structure by tying together a number of individual elements below the soffit of the structure above it.
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Rahner's understanding of grace--that it is offered to humans universally--eventually undergirded all the council's documents.
As she reconstructs reformers' various attempts to restrain children from eating hard candies, working-class men and women from buying ice cream from street vendors, and women from eating chocolates, Woloson ably demonstrates the anxieties about class and gender which often undergirded such campaigns.
He's simply interested in carefully reasoned analysis undergirded by sound research.
Barber juxtaposes Pax Americana with what he calls lex humana, a world undergirded by universal law and what he terms preventive democracy.
Before Christianity hit this continent, the Sioux talked about a great "mysterious energy" that they believed undergirded all life activities and was to be found everywhere.
This is music characterized by fast and intricate contrapuntal guitar parts and close vocal harmony, both undergirded by gently percolating drum parts and basslines that are scarcely less complex than those of the guitars.
Undergirded with critical and border pedagogy, alternative schools effectively build transformative agency within their students by genuinely caring about their success.
Their brusque, Graham-style exertion had softened, and they waded deeper into Taylor's contradictory directions, moods, and tempi--that seeming naturalism undergirded by architectural rigor.
Yet it is precisely this kind of nuanced appreciation of social complexities, undergirded but not overwhelmed by quantitative evidence, enriched by theory but not predetermined by ideology, that has made these articles so enduring in their importance.
If there is to be change, it needs to be undergirded by action which breaks down racial barriers in and between countries.
At the end of Pines, for example, there is no huge percussion outburst as in some recordings, but the energy level, undergirded by some awesome bass notes, is every bit the equal of other, flashier performances.
This itinerary is intended less as a sketch of an artist's origins, pedigree, and significance than as something of the historical and material force field that undergirded two successive van Elk shows recently on view at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.