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 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 champion or foster a cause
“We must oppose any trade rules based on even the most minimalist form of reciprocity in market access.”
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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 keep apart or isolate from others
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Opposite of lessen, mitigate
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Opposite of to give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory
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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 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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Opposite of to protect and care for (someone) lovingly
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