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defense

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of defense

  1. 1 means or method of defending <thorns are a rose's defense against grazing animals> Synonyms aegis (also egis), ammunition, armor, buckler, cover, guard, protection, safeguard, screen, security, shield, wall, ward Related Words arm, armament, munitions, weapon, weaponry; fastness, fort, fortress, palisade, stronghold Near Antonyms aggression, assault, attack, offense (or offence), offensive

  2. 2 an explanation that frees one from fault or blame <there's absolutely no defense for your actions> Synonyms alibi, apology, excuse, justification, plea, reasonRelated Words color, guise, pretense (or pretence), pretext, rationale, rationalization, vindication, whitewash; cop-out, out; acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), atonement, confession; extenuation, palliation




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