I have no time to defend petty theives on the basis of ideology.
With one of our bravest newsroom administrators, I headed down to defend our…what?
Israel has the undeniable right to defend itself against aggression.
Others demurred on principle, choosing to defend their individual rights from an invasive government.
Iowa often drives candidates to defend the ethanol subsidies that benefit the state.
I will not yield, I will not make my submission, I will defend my book by a fresh one.
She challenged his philosophy and gave him a chance to defend it.
But what right had he to defend from gallantry the woman he was about to forswear before the world?
Naturally he felt called upon to endorse his heroine, to defend her.
He had been placed at the mine to defend it, and he was helpless to direct the men.
mid-13c., from Old French defendre (12c.) "defend, resist," and directly from Latin defendere "ward off, protect, guard, allege in defense," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -fendere "to strike, push," from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane). In the Mercian hymns, Latin defendet is glossed by Old English gescildeð. Related: Defended; defending.