Advocate Vs Defend?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sambistapt, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. sambistapt Senior Member

    RIO DE JANEIRO
    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:
     
  2. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    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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