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defence (British English) also: defense (American English)
British English: /dɪˈfɛns/
American English: /dəˈfɛns/
, /ˈdiˌfɛns/

Translation of defence in Italian:


  • 1 (act of protecting)
    difesa (feminine) (against contro) (from da) (of di)
    to come to somebody's defence (help)
    venire in aiuto di qualcuno
    to put up a spirited defence
    (competitor, troops)
    opporre una difesa coraggiosa
    the cat uses its claws for defence
    il gatto usa gli artigli per difendersi
    he has begun his defence of his Wimbledon title
    ha cominciato a difendere il titolo vinto a Wimbledon
    they marched in defence of the right to strike
    hanno manifestato in difesa del diritto di sciopero
    in the defence of freedom
    in difesa della libertà
    to die in the defence of one's country
    morire in difesa della patria, dare la vita per la patria
  • 2before n (Military)
    (adviser, chief, budget, industry)
    della difesa
    (expenditure, contract)
    per la difesa
    (electronics, policy, forces)
    di difesa
    alla difesa
  • 3 (means of protection)
    difesa (feminine) (against contro)
    a line of defence
    una linea di difesa
    a means of defence
    un mezzo di difesa
    (Psychology, Zoology)
    un meccanismo di difesa
    a defence against
    un modo per combattere (anxiety, boredom)
    un modo per difendersi da (cheating)
  • 4 (support) I have nothing to say in his defence
    non ho niente da dire in sua difesa
    she spoke in his defence
    ha parlato in sua difesa
    in my own defence I must say that …
    in mia difesa devo dire che …
    an article in defence of monetarism
    un articolo in difesa del monetarismo
    to come to somebody's defence
    prendere le difese di qualcuno
  • 5 (Law)the defence
    (representatives of the accused) la difesa
    (case, argument) la tesi della difesa
    the case for the defence
    le tesi della difesa
    to conduct one's own defence
    difendersi (in giudizio)
    the defence argued that …
    la difesa sosteneva che …
    her defence was that she was provoked
    in sua difesa aveva detto di essere stata provocata
    in her defence
    in sua difesa, a sua discolpa
    counsel for the defence witness for the defence to give evidence for the defence
    before n (counsel, lawyer)
    a discarico

also: defences plural noun

  • 1 (Military) (fortifications, barriers)
    difese (feminine)
    air defences
  • 2 (Biology, Psychology)
    difese (feminine)
    the body's natural defences
    le difese naturali del corpo
    to break down somebody's defences
    fare crollare le difese di qualcuno

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