Definition of defiance
- dealing with a child's defiance
- seemingly in defiance of the laws of physics
- He returned to the pulpit May 22 in defiance of an order by church leaders banning him from television preaching for one year.
- —Daniel E. Kubiske
any defiance of the authoritarian regime would have dire consequences
the troubled youth seems to have an ingrained defiance to authority of any sort
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aggression, aggressiveness, assaultiveness, bellicosity, belligerence, belligerency, combativeness, contentiousness, disputatiousness, feistiness, fight, militance, militancy, militantness, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness, scrappiness, truculence;
acidity, biliousness, captiousness, crankiness, crossness, disagreeableness, fractiousness, fretfulness, grouchiness, grumpiness, huffiness, irascibility, irascibleness, irritability, irritableness, orneriness, peevishness, pettishness, petulance, querulousness, rudeness, surliness, testiness, waspishness;
chip on one's shoulder;
: a refusal to obey something or someone : the act of defying someone or something
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