Synonyms and Antonyms of defend

  1. 1 to drive danger or attack away from a solemn oath to defend the mother country at any cost Synonyms bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, ward Related Words avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wall Phrases stand up for Near Antonyms bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yield Antonyms assail, assault, attack

  2. 2 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections she will pigheadedly defend any claim regardless of all evidence to the contrary Synonyms maintain, justify, support, upholdRelated Words advocate, champion, espouse; confirm, vindicate, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, insist, plead, proclaim, profess, protest, state; argue, debate, discuss; emphasize, stress, underline, underscoreNear Antonyms abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract, take back, withdraw; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute

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