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
But the comedian became defiant when speaking about the backlash she's faced, particularly at the hands of the president and members of his family.
The play’s dramatic ending is pure Wharton, whose heroine chooses defiant loneliness rather than the love of an unworthy man.
On his prime-time TV show, however, Hannity was no longer defiant.
A defiant South African President Jacob Zuma survived a bid by some members of the African National Congress’s top leadership to order his removal from office, according to three members of the ruling party’s national executive committee.
Many musicians have been defiant in the wake of the tragedy.
Ma Ba Tha’s leaders, however, responded with a defiant shrug.
The plot loosely mirrors key themes in the songs, which are steeped in exile and loss, but still lusty and defiant.
The other speakers of the closing rally struck a defiant note as well.
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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
DEFIANT Defined for Kids
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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