Synonyms of defence
defence or (US) defense
1 protectionDictionary • The land was flat, giving no scope for defence.
protection • Innocence is no protection from the evils in our society.
cover • There were barren wastes of field with no trees and no cover.
security • He could not remain long in a place of security.
guard • The heater should have a safety guard fitted.
shelter • the hut where they were given food and shelter
refuge • They took refuge in a bomb shelter.
safeguard • A system like ours lacks adequate safeguards for civil liberties.
immunity • immunity to airborne bacteria
2 armamentsDictionary • Twenty-eight per cent of the federal budget is spent on defense.
the military • Did you serve in the military?
the air force
3 argumentDictionary • a spirited defence of the government's economic progress
argument • There's a strong argument for lowering the price.
explanation • The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
excuse • There is no excuse for what he did.
plea • He murdered his wife, but got off on a plea of insanity.
apology • We received a letter of apology.
justification • I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
vindication • He called the success a vindication of his party's economic policy.
apologia • The left have seen the work as an apologia for privilege.
exoneration • the exoneration of an athlete who inadvertently took a banned drug
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alibiYou can say that someone has an alibi when they can prove that something was not their fault.
• He had a good alibi for his absence.
apologiaAn apologia is a statement in which you defend something that you strongly believe in, for example a way of life, a person's behaviour, or a philosophy.
• The left have seen the work as an apologia for privilege.
apologyAn apology is something that you say or write in order to tell someone that you are sorry that you have hurt them or caused trouble for them.
• We received a letter of apology.
Thesaurus for defence from the Collins English Thesaurus
resistance against danger, attack, or harm; protection