noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-ən(t)s, dē-\

: a refusal to obey something or someone : the act of defying someone or something

Full Definition of DEFIANCE

:  the act or an instance of defying :  challenge
:  disposition to resist :  willingness to contend or fight
in defiance of
:  contrary to :  despite <seemingly in defiance of the laws of physics>

Examples of DEFIANCE

  1. <any defiance of the authoritarian regime would have dire consequences>
  2. <the troubled youth seems to have an ingrained defiance to authority of any sort>

First Known Use of DEFIANCE

15th century

Rhymes with DEFIANCE

DEFIANCE Defined for Kids


noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-əns\

Definition of DEFIANCE for Kids

:  a refusal to obey <a defiance of the rule>
:  a willingness to resist <Obedience school cured the dog of defiance.>


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