defiant

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adjective de·fi·ant \-ənt\

Definition of defiant

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of defiant

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


First Known Use: 1583


DEFIANT Defined for English Language Learners

defiant

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adjective de·fi·ant \-ənt\

Definition of defiant for English Language Learners

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


DEFIANT Defined for Kids

defiant

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adjective de·fi·ant \di-ˈfī-ənt\

Definition of defiant for Students

  1. :  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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