defend (v.)
forbid, prohibit
1H4 IV.iii.38[Blunt to Hotspur] God defend but still I should stand so [i.e. like an enemy]
AC III.iii.42[Charmian to Cleopatra, of the Messenger] Hath he seen majesty? Isis else defend
MA II.i.84[masked Hero to masked Don Pedro] God defend the lute should be like the case!
MA IV.ii.19[Dogberry to Sexton] God defend but God should go before such villains!
Oth I.iii.263[Othello to all] heaven defend your good souls that you think / I will your serious and great business scant
R2 I.iii.18[Mowbray to Lord Marshal] my oath, - / Which God defend a knight should violate!
R3 III.vii.172[Richard to Buckingham, of Prince Edward's right to the throne] Which God defend that I should wring from him!
R3 III.vii.80[Lord Mayor to Buckingham, of Richard being offered the crown] God defend his grace should say us nay! [F; Q forbid]
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