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What is the opposite of defending?

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Verb
Opposite of present participle for to protect or shield from harm or danger
“It was so silent that it was like one of those movies where suddenly a murderer pops up out of the bushes to attack the helpless woman.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to battle or fight in support or defense of something
“In August 1552, the young Tsar led a Russian army, perhaps 150,000 strong, to besiege Kazan, a walled and moated town set on a hill.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“Now fans have taken to social media to slam the decision to remove Candice, who they argued was showing impressive strength and resolve throughout the process.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to support, justify, or make an excuse for a (perceived) misdeed
“He is fair and honest in all his inquiries and deliberations, ready to own his mistakes, and thankful for every help to discover them.”
Adjective
Opposite of used or intended to defend or protect
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