self-defense

[ self-di-fens, self- ]SEE DEFINITION OF self-defense
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And, in self-defense, he was forced into a survey of his own riding-breeches.

Jake had a gun, and Mink is able to prove that he shot in self-defense.

As for Farley—you of course had to shoot him, in self-defense.

From a struggle for self-defense this has become a war of conquest.

We did not wish to shoot them, but they forced us to do so in self-defense.

At any rate, Bowker shot first and killed his man,—he got off on the plea of self-defense.

A couple had recently been destroyed, in punishment for the crime of self-defense.

He is not even a brute, for brutes only kill in self-defense.

They were ready to complain, but not to move a finger in self-defense.

The point in the case was whether the prisoner had shot in self-defense.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "act of defending oneself," first attested in Hobbes, from self- + defense. In sports sense, first with reference to fencing (1728), then boxing (1820s).

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