defender synonym, defender definition | Thesaurus

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defender

  
1    bodyguard, escort, guard, protector  
2    advocate, champion, patron, sponsor, supporter, vindicator  
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defender

  
  ( defenders    plural  )
1       n-count   If someone is a defenderof a particular thing or person that has been criticized, they argue or act in support of that thing or person.  
usu N of n  
...the most ardent defenders of conventional family values.     
2       n-count   A defender in a game such as football or hockey is a player whose main task is to try and stop the other side scoring.  


public defender        ( public defenders    plural  ) A public defender is a lawyer who is employed by a city or county to represent people who are accused of crimes but cannot afford to pay for a lawyer themselves.  
  (AM)      n-count  

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