in defense of (something or someone)
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.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
: some person : somebody
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