ochuróma: a stronghold, fortressOriginal Word: ὀχύρωμα, ατος, τόPart of Speech:
a fortress, strong defenseDefinition:
a fortress, strong defense, stronghold.
3794 oxýrōma (from the root oxyroō, "fortify") – a fortified, military stronghold; a strong-walled fortress (A-S), used only in 2 Cor 10:4. Here 3794/oxýrōma ("a heavily-fortified containment") is used figuratively of a false argument in which a person seeks "shelter" ("a safe place") to escape reality.
[3794 (oxýrōma) is also used for a prison in antiquity (BAGD). "The word is not common in Classical Greek, but occurs frequently in the Apocrypha. In its use here there may lie a reminiscence of the rock-forts on the coast of Paul's native Cilicia, which were pulled down by the Romans in their attacks on the Cilician pirates. Pompey inflicted a crushing defeat upon their navy off the rocky stronghold of Coracesium on the confines of Cilicia and Pisidia" (WS, 833).]
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
from ochuroó (to fortify)Definition
a stronghold, fortressNASB Translation
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 3794: ὀχύρωμαὀχύρωμα
(to make strong, to fortify));
1. properly, a castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness, the Sept. for מִבְצָר, etc.; very often in 1 and 2 Macc.; Xenophon, Hellen. 3, 2, 3.
2. tropically, anything on which one relies: καθεῖλε τό ὀχύρωμα, ἐφ' ᾧ ἐπεποίθεισαν, Proverbs 21:22; ὀχύρωμα ὁσίου φόβος κυρίου, Proverbs 10:29; in 2 Corinthians 10:4 of the arguments and reasonings by which a disputant endeavors to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent.<1>
From a remote derivative of echo (meaning to fortify, through the idea of holding safely); a castle (figuratively, argument) -- stronghold.
see GREEK echo