selfdefenses

[ self-di-fens, self- ]SEE DEFINITION OF selfdefenses
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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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