One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the defence of fortresses against enemies’
protection, shielding, safeguarding, guarding
security, fortification, cover, shelter, screen, resistance, deterrent
2‘the enemy's defences were sited all along the ridge’
barricade, fortification, bulwark, buttress, fortress, fastness, keep, rampart, outpost, bastion
3‘he planned to speak in defence of his old chief’
vindication, justification, support, advocacy, approval, endorsement, promotion
apology, apologia, explanation, explication, excuse, extenuation, exoneration, palliation
4‘they urged lower spending on defence’
armaments, weapons, weaponry, arms, military measures, military resources
the military, the army, the navy, the air force
5‘the prisoner was unable to speak for pain, so his defence was never heard’
vindication, explanation, mitigation, justification, rationalization, excuse, alibi, reason
testimony, declaration, case
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