Stay Strong: Forc and Fort

Test your strength against this list of vocabulary words that use the Latin roots forc and fort, meaning "strong."
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  1. comfort
    a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
    She noted that clowning is an art form that is meant to bring joy and comfort.New York Times (Oct 11, 2016)
  2. comfortable
    providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief
    He arranged the cushions so that she would be comfortable.Messenger
  3. discomfort
    the state of being tense and feeling pain
    I would see the person, in discomfort or pain already, eyeing me warily, and I would tell my teacher no, I was not yet ready.The Ugly One
  4. effort
    use of physical or mental energy; hard work
    Tehlu bent and with great effort lifted one edge of the wheel and set it leaning against a tree that grew nearby.The Name of the Wind
  5. effortless
    requiring or apparently requiring no work
    When the great city is ticking along, its residents barely notice its unique cosmopolitan blend, its seemingly effortless mix of dozens of different cultures.Seattle Times (Jun 20, 2017)
  6. enforce
    ensure observance of laws and rules
    “Such vigilance will force the government to strictly enforce the law.”The Guardian (Aug 10, 2017)
  7. enforcement
    ensuring observance of or obedience to
    For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of no-fly zones in Iraq after Desert Storm.Washington Post (Jul 19, 2017)
  8. force
    influence that results in motion, stress, etc. when applied
    Of the four fundamental forces, gravity is considered the weakest, despite its theoretically endless range.We Are the Ants
  9. forceful
    characterized by or full of force or strength
    He was a quiet individual, but his quietness had a forceful authority that all his men feared and respected.A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  10. fort
    a fortified defensive structure
    The fort functioned as a military base through both World War I and World War II.Seattle Times (Mar 23, 2017)
  11. forte
    an asset of special worth or utility
    Bertie is a whiz at checkers, but backgammon is not his forte.Woe Is I
  12. fortification
    defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
    William built the first fortification in the late 11th century for himself and his occupying Norman forces.Seattle Times (Jun 13, 2017)
  13. fortify
    make strong or stronger
    He drove iron stakes into the ground to fortify the chicken coop against future mink attacks and treasured the few eggs he gathered every morning.The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  14. fortitude
    strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity
    Our leaders are selected by their peers for their impeccable character, moral fortitude, and leadership skills.Divergent
  15. fortress
    a fortified defensive structure
    The Bastille was a fortress that was used by the Kings of France as a state prison.Time (Jul 12, 2017)
  16. reinforcement
    a device designed to provide additional strength
    This required structural reinforcement to the ceiling-level of the floor below, but it was worth the trouble.Washington Post (Sep 21, 2016)

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