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defence (2 a 17th cent. use, now rare)
1. capacity of defending itself 3H6 V. i. 64*.
2. art of defending oneself, practice or skill in selfdefence AYL. III. iii. 65, Cæs. IV. iii. 201, Ham. IV. vii. 97.
3. arms, armour Tw.N. III. iv. 243, Rom. III. iii. 133, Ant. IV. iv. 10 “Go put on thy defences.”
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (3):
    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 4.4
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.7
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 3.3
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