defiance

noun de·fi·ance \ di-ˈfī-ən(t)s , dē- \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of defiance

1 : the act or an instance of defying : challenge
  • jailed for defiance of a court order
2 : disposition to resist : willingness to contend or fight
  • dealing with a child's 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

  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

Recent Examples of defiance from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of defiance

Middle English diffiaunce, defyaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French defiance, difiaunce, from defier, desfier "to renounce, challenge, 1defy" + -ance, -aunce -ance

DEFIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

defiance

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

defiance

noun de·fi·ance \ di-ˈfī-əns \

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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