defiant

adjective de·fi·ant \ di-ˈfī-ənt , dē- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of defiant

: full of or showing a disposition to challenge, resist, or fight : full of or showing defiance : bold, impudent
  • defiant rebels
  • a defiant refusal
  • Mantor struck a defiant pose, his chin out, and rocked for a moment on the heels of his boots.
  • —Christopher Ketcham

defiantly

adverb

Examples of defiant in a Sentence

  1. He's taken a defiant stand on the issue.

  2. the defiant puppy refused to let go of the football

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Origin and Etymology of defiant

Middle French, from Old French, present participle of defier to defy

DEFIANT Defined for English Language Learners

defiant

adjective

Definition of defiant for English Language Learners

  • : refusing to obey something or someone : full of defiance


DEFIANT Defined for Kids

defiant

adjective de·fi·ant \ di-ˈfī-ənt \

Definition of defiant for Students

: showing a willingness to resist
  • … the boy had not run but stood still and defiant
  • —William H. Armstrong, Sounder

defiantly

adverb


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