in defense of (something or someone)

idiom
variants: or , in something's or someone's defense
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

defense play
  1. : the act or action of defending (see defend)

  2. : the denial, answer, or plea (see plea 2b) of one against whom a criminal or civil action is brought : a defendant 's denial, answer, or plea

  3. : capability of resisting attack

  1. : to take specific defensive action against (an opposing team or player or an offensive play) : to attempt to keep (an opponent or play) from scoring in a game or contest

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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