What is the opposite of defend?

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Opposite of to protect or shield from harm or danger
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Opposite of to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
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Opposite of to show or prove to be right or reasonable
“Also, being a doubting Thomas, I wanted to verify those tall tales of the Alaskan winter and to disprove the rumor of the Alaskan qualification.”
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Opposite of to prevent or protect (something) from being destroyed
“He would inevitably lose his hat when the wind swept it from his head.”
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Opposite of to accept, support, or take on as one's own (an idea or a cause)
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Opposite of to defend something as true despite strong opposition or arguments to the contrary
“I totally repudiate all of my previously-stated ignorant, unfactual and ahistorical arguments.”
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Opposite of to provide an acceptable explanation for
“He knew that his remaining years would be spent in prison, and it was in some way to atone for his transgressions.”
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Opposite of to keep apart or isolate from others
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Opposite of to sustain or support (something which has been questioned)
“The respondent requests that this matter be deferred until his motions are resolved, as he is seeking to overturn the verdict in his case.”
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Opposite of to promote or support the interests or cause of
“One resident who lives two doors away defiantly said he would oppose any plans to redevelop the area.”
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Opposite of to give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory
“The law provides for the reduction of penalties, as long as the taxpayer will agree to fully accept the charges laid.”
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Opposite of to justify or make excuses for
“Will you confess to being at the bar when you were supposed to be at home?”
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Opposite of to show steadfast support for
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Opposite of to place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect
“Cover and cook for one minute, then uncover and add the asparagus peas or mangetouts.”
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Opposite of to defend or protect
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Opposite of to protect the state of someone or something
“This project has been set up to undermine the opposition's efforts to enact their policies.”
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