Thus a stark choice is upon us: We can spend what is necessary to defend the seas, or we can leave them undefended.
Two weeks in the world of wholesome niceness also leaves you undefended and strangely serene and a bit childlike.
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.