in defense of (something or someone)

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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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“In defense of (something or someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20defense%20of%20%28something%20or%20someone%29. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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