variants: or, in something's or someone's defense
Definition of in defense of (something or someone)
1 : in order to keep (something) safe that is being physically attacked They fought in defense of their country.
2 : in support of (someone or something) that is being verbally attacked or criticized She spoke out in defense of justice. Let me say, in her defense, that I would have done the same thing that she did. He spoke up in his own defense.
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