defended (part of speech: verb)
fended, secured, safeguarded, opposed, argued, saved, protected, guarded, buffered, barricaded, sustained, shielded, screened, warded, backfired, counterattacked, policed, covered, sheltered, upheld, supported, barred, averted, resisted
responded (part of speech: verb)
retaliated (part of speech: verb)
felt (part of speech: verb)
answered (part of speech: verb)
- " There's many a poor maid that's thought otherwise," responded Mrs. Penticost. - "Secret Bread", F. Tennyson Jesse.
- Well, well, responded the Trapper, have it your own way. - "How John Norton the Trapper Kept His Christmas", W. H. H. Murray.
- Just so, responded the captain, and everybody knows that he was an old man. - "The Lighthouse", Robert Ballantyne.