defiance


de·fi·ance

noun \di-ˈfī-ən(t)s, dē-\

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

Full Definition of DEFIANCE

1
:  the act or an instance of defying :  challenge
2
:  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

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