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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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While the critique of this notion is hardly new, and has itself become almost institutionalized, art historical production continues nonetheless to provide evidence that some of the assumptions undergirding this notion still operate in fundamental, if more subtle, ways.
But this is not the only distortion undergirding Schwartz's brief for reviving moral reform.
This book by Mark Newman presents the story of how Southern Baptists began as a denomination committed to keeping the institution of slavery and over the next century supported Jim Crow laws while at the same time undergirding that position with a commitment to biblical authority.
Undergirding Lobrano's sheer endurance and grace under pressure is a sly wit that's both welcome relief and a stress-survival tactic.
They also hastened the rerouting of long-distance telephone lines around major urban areas - and ultimately to the long-line system undergirding today's Internet.
This reader was fascinated by the intimate link between this movement and its undergirding theology incubated in black seminaries and Southern schools of theology.
Some states have completely repealed the health planning laws undergirding the CON process, while others have specifically exempted assisted living from this process.
The plausible idea undergirding the OVS is that publicly, culturally encouraging female sexuality leads inexorably to the whole nasty nexus of problems listed above: high rates of out-of-wedlock births, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
There is no doubt that the health of the world's environment forms an adequate undergirding for good forest management.
Warrington (Regents Theological College, Britain) examines a theology defined by distinctive elements of Pentecostal belief and praxis, but especially by an undergirding Pentecostal philosophy.