in defense of (something or someone)


variants or in something's or someone's defense
: in order to keep (something) safe that is being physically attacked
They fought in defense of their country.
: 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.

Examples of in defense of (something or someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What had the togetherness of locked hands accomplished in defense of Mother Earth? Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 Prior to the decision, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis submitted letters in defense of Masterson’s character. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 Hitler gained power in part because the German state no longer could maintain its monopoly on violence in defense of democratic values. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2023 At Hilbert’s sentencing hearing Friday, McGaff’s parents, James Smith and Angela McGaff, pushed back against the notion that Hilbert was acting in defense of the female passenger. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 Why not flail around in defense of my all-American single proprietorship? William T. Vollmann, Harper's Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 No other council member has publicly spoken out in defense of Price. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 So, there have been a lot of arguments put forward in defense of Cop City and the development in general. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 Tensions grew further after Olivia accused Kim of using her husband’s credit card in a confessional in season 4, which prompted Moriah, Micah, Lydia and Isaac to release a joint statement in defense of their mother. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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“In defense of (something or someone).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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