Advocate Vs Defend?

sambistapt

Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
Hello amigos!

The king advocates/defends the use of force to mantain the order in his kingdom.

Which one has the better fitting in the sample above?

Thanks,

Sam:cool:
 
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Depends on the context. One may advocate the use of force without having done it. If one defends the use of force, it is likely that force has already been used.
     
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