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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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At any rate, Calhoun's states' rights decentralism is arguably more amenable to libertarian ideas than the evolution of an all-powerful national government undergirded by unflinching military suppression, a hallmark of the Jackson administration.
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.
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.
If there is to be change, it needs to be undergirded by action which breaks down racial barriers in and between countries.
who also did ``Last Exit to Brooklyn''), the movie's site is a fractured, phantasmic visual feast, opening with a faux commercial Web site, then a second one, rended by what looks like technical snafus on the site itself, and all undergirded by beautiful, haunting music.
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.
This was the first scholarly study of a free black community based on the kinds of materials - tax records, manuscript tax returns, and the like - that have undergirded the explosion of social history in the last generation.
The latter's militancy was undergirded by a concern for their position vis-a-vis the colonial state and in society at large.