Definition of defiance
in defiance of
: contrary to : despite 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
Examples of defiance in a Sentence
any defiance of the authoritarian regime would have dire consequences
the troubled youth seems to have an ingrained defiance to authority of any sort
Recent Examples of defiance from the Web
The prevailing mood was one of decidedly post-Soviet defiance, as placards held by demonstrators made clear.
In defiance of the president, city leaders vowed again on Thursday to pursue their own climate action.
Such an assertion stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.
That didn’t stop Saudi and U.A.E. media outlets from launching a verbal war against Qatar, and their attacks escalated after Sheikh Tamim’s phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the weekend in apparent defiance of Saudi criticism. ‘
Moon had campaigned on a more moderate approach to Pyongyang, calling for engagement even as the reclusive state pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and threats of more sanctions.
On screen, there is something uniquely compelling about him, alone in the harsh glare of the ring, where the canvas-and-rope geometry diagrams stories of honor, defiance, compromise, age.
The gravitational pull, however, is in Linda’s performance, one that encompasses defiance, disgust, befuddlement and even glum humor.
This narrative that was wound out, spun, and widely interpreted as a her personal brand of defiance.
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Origin and Etymology of defiance
First Known Use: 15th century
DEFIANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of defiance for English Language Learners
: a refusal to obey something or someone : the act of defying someone or something
DEFIANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of defiance for Students
1 : a refusal to obey a defiance of the rule
2 : a willingness to resist Obedience school cured the dog of defiance.
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