DEFEND, forfend or forefend [archaic], fend [archaic]; shield, screen, shroud; engarrison, garrison, man; fence round (circumscribe) [See Circumscription]; fence, intrench or entrench; arm, harness [archaic], accouter or accoutre; guard (keep safe) [See Safety]; guard against, take care of (vigilance) [See Care]; bear harmless; fend -, keep -, ward -, beat- off; hinder [See Hindrance].
REPEL, parry, propugn [obs.], put to flight; give a warm reception to [ironical]; hold - keep- at -bay, - arms length.
RESIST INVASION, stand siege; be -, stand -, act- on the defensive; show fight; maintain -, stand- ones ground; stand by; hold ones own; bear -, stand- the brunt; fall back upon, hold, stand in the gap.
DEFENDING &c. v.; defensive; mural; armed, - at all points, - cap-a-pie, - to the teeth; panoplied; accoutered or accoutred, harnessed [archaic], in complete steel [Hamlet]; iron-plated, ironclad; loopholed, castellated, machicolated, casemated; defended &c. v.; proof against, ball-proof, bullet-proof; protective.
DEFENSIVELY; on the defensive; in defense; in self-defense; at bay, pro aris et focis [L.].
NO SURRENDER! ils ne passeront pas! they shall not pass! [the French at Verdun].
Defense not defiance.
Dieu défend le droit.
Millions for defence, but not a cent for tribute.Pinkney