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defence mechanism

noun [C] UK (US defense mechanism) uk   us  
an automatic way of behaving or thinking by which you protect yourself from something, especially from feeling unpleasant emotions: Arrogance is often a defence mechanism.
Translations of “defence mechanism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 防衛表現, 防衛心理…
in Chinese (Simplified) 防卫表现, 防卫心理…
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