de·​fi·​ant | \ di-ˈfī-ənt How to pronounce defiant (audio) , dē- \

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

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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 on the Web In 1956, Nasser nationalized the canal from the British and French companies that owned it, a moment cherished by Egyptians as a defiant break from imperialist control. Washington Post, "Plan to bring back Suez Canal statue stirs debate in Egypt," 7 July 2020 But in Florida, where more than 6,000 new cases were reported Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, remained defiant. Noah Weiland,, "Fauci says US could reach 100,000 virus cases a day," 1 July 2020 One of the officers then used pepper spray to subdue him, but Ware remained defiant. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Tulsa officer shot during traffic stop has died, police announce," 30 June 2020 When Lidia's biggest rival uses a prison camp to enact revenge, Lidia and her friends become even more defiant in their fight against Franco's regime in this historical series. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "What's streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in July," 30 June 2020 There’s a side of rock and roll—defiant, anarchic, Dionysian, subversive, doomed, Romantic—that has always appealed to literary novelists, but that’s not its only side. Jonathan Dee, The New Yorker, "What Happens When David Mitchell Writes a Rock Novel?," 29 June 2020 However, the entire NASCAR field put on a defiant show of support for Wallace before the FBI concluded its investigation. Fox News, "Minneapolis firefighter finds noose in locker, FBI asked to investigate," 27 June 2020 Indeed, Facebook appeared to strike a defiant tone earlier in the week. Brian Fung, CNN, "The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg," 26 June 2020 When other reporters confirmed the SI reporter’s story, the Astros remained defiant, issuing a non-apology apology. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Houston Astros owner's shameless greed is a reminder of how awful the organization is," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of defiant

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for defiant

in part borrowed from French défiant "mistrustful," from present participle of défier "to mistrust, challenge, defy entry 1," going back to Old French; in part from defi(ance) + -ant entry 2

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12 Jul 2020

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“Defiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of defiant

: refusing to obey something or someone : full of defiance


de·​fi·​ant | \ di-ˈfī-ənt How to pronounce defiant (audio) \

Kids Definition of defiant

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

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defiantly adverb

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