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defiance

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noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-ən(t)s, dē-\

Simple Definition of defiance

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defiance

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

  2. 2 :  disposition to resist :  willingness to contend or fight

in defiance of

  1. :  contrary to :  despite <seemingly in defiance of the laws of physics>

Examples of defiance in a sentence

  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>



15th Century

First Known Use of defiance

15th century

Rhymes with defiance

affiance, nonscience


DEFIANCE Defined for Kids

defiance

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noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-əns\

Definition of defiance for Students

  1. 1 :  a refusal to obey <a defiance of the rule>

  2. 2 :  a willingness to resist <Obedience school cured the dog of defiance.>





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