A puzzle in the spirit of the Density™ puzzle. Too simple? Anyway, enjoy!

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I think the answer is


and obtained as follows.

First, look at each individual colour's presence or absence in each of the 5x5 rows to give a 5x5-pixel bitmap. We get, with various orientations:
red C
orange D (or maybe O)
yellow E, M, W, 3
green F
blue L
black Z, N
purple S, 5
Now, the bottom row seems to indicate how many of each kind of letter we take; indeed there are 15 coloured pixels there. And I think the only word that uses the given balance of letters is DEFENCELESSNESS. It happens to use the same letter (E) for all the yellow pixels and the same letter (N) for all the black ones.

In comments, jafe very plausibly suggests that perhaps

this word is the longest English word that uses only a single vowel

which seems plausible enough

though often this sort of thing depends on what you're willing to count as a word; e.g., perhaps "defencelessnesses" is even better

and would explain the title.

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    $\begingroup$ That was quick! Can you also relate the word to the title? $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 18:26
  • $\begingroup$ Just a guess, maybe it's the rot13(ybatrfg jbeq jvgu n fvatyr havdhr ibjry)? $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ Seems pretty plausible. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 20:57
  • $\begingroup$ Not sure it is the longest English word rot13(hfvat n fvatyr ibjry), but it seems to be the longest using rot13(whfg gur ibjry r). Hence the capitals in the title. I'm not convinced it can be pluralized, but maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, good job! $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 21:18

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