Definition of defiant
Examples of defiant in a Sentence
He's taken a defiant stand on the issue.
the defiant puppy refused to let go of the football
Recent Examples of defiant from the Web
Particularly when the band produces a sound as distinctive as the Who does, with Roger Daltrey’s howl, by turns defiant and vulnerable, with Pete Townshend’s polyglot guitar, alternately skittery and booming.
After 30 of its members marched, armed and defiant, into the California state capitol in 1967, then-Gov.
Noted for its poetically-defiant lyrics and aggressive beats, rap music has evolved and picked up steam in the decades since.
Magic is surreal and defiant — a shortcut past the restrictions of reality.
Even before the photos were published, Christie was defiant about his decision not to let the government shutdown disrupt his vacation.
A defiant and angry Darren Vann challenged prosecutors and a Lake County judge to kill him during a fiery court appearance Friday.
With the first round of negotiations between the EU and the U.K. set to begin Monday, Mr. Hammond also struck a defiant tone against...
Though Qataris and their emir remain defiant, the question is how to sustain an almost paradoxical existence.
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Origin and Etymology of defiant
Middle French, from Old French, present participle of defier to defy
First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
DEFIANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of defiant for English Language Learners
: refusing to obey something or someone : full of defiance
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Definition of defiant for Students
: showing a willingness to resist … the boy had not run but stood still and defiant … — William H. Armstrong, Sounder
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