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An attitude of extreme defensiveness and self-justification based on an often exaggerated sense of being under persistent attack from others.
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|Noun||1.||bunker mentality - defensiveness resulting from repeated attacks; "after so many suicide bombings the Israelis have to resist developing a bunker mentality"|
defensiveness - excessive sensitivity to criticism; "his defensiveness was manifested in hurt silence"; "the fear of being sued for malpractice has magnified physicians' defensiveness"