The opposite of "defense" is equally clear.
Antonyms for “defence” include aggression, assault, attack, offence and
offensive. So, it is no wonder that euphemisms such as "defence equipment,"
"defense technology" and "defence industry," are the terms of choice used by
all war profiteers alike, as well as by apologists for their business.
Defensive versus Offensive
equipment for war
This is a false dichotomy.
This duality like so many others, is an illusion.
mediaeval warrior… the European crusader going to battle in the Middle East
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