Antonyms of noun defence

1 of 11 senses of defence

Sense 2
defense, defence, defending team -- ((sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense")
       Antonym of offence (Sense 2)
      => offense, offence -- (the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun defence

11 senses of defence

Sense 1
defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence -- ((psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires)
       => psychoanalytic process -- (a process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory)
       => process, unconscious process -- (a mental process that you are not directly aware of; "the process of denial")

Sense 2
defense, defence, defending team -- ((sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense")
       => team, squad -- (a cooperative unit (especially in sports))

Sense 3
defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers -- (the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial")
       => collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage -- (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Sense 4
defense, defence, defense force, defence force -- (an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion")
       => organization, organisation -- (a group of people who work together)

Sense 5
refutation, defense, defence -- (the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it")
       => answer -- (the speech act of replying to a question)

Sense 6
defense, defence, vindication -- (the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory")
       => justification -- (a statement in explanation of some action or belief)

Sense 7
defensive structure, defense, defence -- (a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses")
       => structure, construction -- (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons")

Sense 8
defense, defence, denial, demurrer -- (a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense")
       => due process, due process of law -- ((law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards)

Sense 9
defense, defence, defensive measure -- ((military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program")
       => military action, action -- (a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea")

Sense 10
defense, defence -- (protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease")
       => protection -- (the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection")

Sense 11
defense, defence -- (the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury; "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem")
       => protection -- (the activity of protecting someone or something; "the witnesses demanded police protection")

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