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Synonyms for defense
dɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛnsde·fense

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Wiktionary

  1. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  2. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  3. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  4. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  5. defensenoun

    Department of Defense

    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.

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

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defense

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

    Antonyms:
    abandonment, surrender, betrayal, exposure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measurenoun

    (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"

    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

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

  2. defense, defencenoun

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

    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

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

  3. defense, defence, defending teamnoun

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

    "his teams are always good on defense"

    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

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offence, offense, criminal prosecution

  4. defense, defence, vindicationnoun

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

    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

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, criminal prosecution, offence

  5. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defencenoun

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

    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

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

  6. Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoDnoun

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

    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

    Antonyms:
    offence, offense, criminal prosecution, prosecution

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyersnoun

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

    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

    Antonyms:
    offence, prosecution, offense, criminal prosecution

  8. refutation, defense, defencenoun

    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"

    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

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, offence, criminal prosecution

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence forcenoun

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

    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

    Antonyms:
    offense, offence, criminal prosecution, prosecution

  10. defensive structure, defense, defencenoun

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

    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

    Antonyms:
    offense, criminal prosecution, prosecution, offence

  11. defense, defence, denial, demurrernoun

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

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

    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

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, offense, prosecution, offence

  12. defense, defencenoun

    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"

    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

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, offence, criminal prosecution

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How to use defense in a sentence?

  1. Richard Aboulafia:

    It's a great business for them to own. In addition to the F-35 and the C-130J, Sikorsky is another great brand for them to underpin their defense strategy.

  2. David Deptula:

    The Turks have to make a choice. They're either going to be part of NATO or they're going to move into the Russian camp in terms of defense.

  3. John Dewey:

    The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a pet notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different.

  4. Kyle Rittenhouse:

    It was the right to self-defense on trial. If I was convicted, no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers, apparently to many people on the left, it is criminal to protect your community.

  5. Walter Orenstein:

    No one wants to tick off the Children's Defense Fund.


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