What are some opposite words for defense?

Antonyms for defensedɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛns

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term defense.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measure(noun)

    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  2. defense, defence(noun)

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  3. defense, defence, defending team(noun)

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    "his teams are always good on defense"

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offence, offense, criminal prosecution

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  4. defense, defence, vindication(noun)

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, criminal prosecution, offence

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, exoneration, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  5. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence(noun)

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  6. Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD(noun)

    the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

    Antonyms:
    offence, offense, criminal prosecution, prosecution

    Synonyms:
    defence reaction, refutation, demurrer, denial, defense force, defending team, defensive measure, defence, defence mechanism, vindication, defence force, defense team, defense mechanism, defense reaction, defensive structure, defense lawyers

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers(noun)

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

    Antonyms:
    offence, prosecution, offense, criminal prosecution

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  8. refutation, defense, defence(noun)

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, offence, criminal prosecution

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, falsification, defensive measure, demurrer, defence reaction, disproof, vindication, defense reaction, refutal, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, falsifying, defence, defence force

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence force(noun)

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

    Antonyms:
    offense, offence, criminal prosecution, prosecution

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  10. defensive structure, defense, defence(noun)

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

    Antonyms:
    offense, criminal prosecution, prosecution, offence

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

  11. defense, defence, denial, demurrer(noun)

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, offense, prosecution, offence

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, self-abnegation, vindication, defense reaction, disaffirmation, defense lawyers, self-renunciation, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, demurral, abnegation, defence force, demur, self-denial

  12. defense, defence(noun)

    the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, offence, criminal prosecution

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

Wiktionary

  1. defense(noun)

    Antonyms:
    offense

  2. defense(noun)

    The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

    Antonyms:
    offense

  3. defense(noun)

    Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

    Antonyms:
    offense

  4. defense(noun)

    An argument in support or justification of something.

    Antonyms:
    offense

  5. defense(noun)

    Government policy or structure related to the military.

    Antonyms:
    offense

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defense

    The weak may speak or act in defense of the strong; none but the powerful can assure others of protection. A defense is ordinarily against actual attack; protection is against possible as well as actual dangers. We speak of defense against an assault, protection from the cold. Vindication is a triumphant defense of character and conduct against charges of error or wrong. Compare APOLOGY.

    Antonyms:
    abandonment, betrayal, capitulation, desertion, flight, surrender

    Synonyms:
    apology, bulwark, fortress, guard, justification, protection, rampart, resistance, safeguard, shelter, shield, vindication

    Preposition:
    Defense against assault or assailants; in law, defense to an action, from the testimony.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defense

    Antonyms:
    abandonment, surrender, betrayal, exposure

    Synonyms:
    resistance, protection, vindication, plea, justification, excuse, rampart, bulwark, apology, shelter, guard

Editors Contribution

  1. attack

    an offensive against an enemy

    the uss constitution was nicknamed "old ironsides" after its oaken hull successfully withstood a british attack.

    Submitted by davidb on July 25, 2018

Words popularity by usage frequency

rankword
#2061flight
#2141defense
#2878exposure
#7144offense
#10310prosecution
#10353offence
#11564surrender
#22574abandonment
#23708betrayal
#66580desertion
#80167capitulation

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