defiant

play
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

Recent Examples of defiant from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'defiant'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of defiant

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


DEFIANT Defined for English Language Learners

defiant

play
adjective

Definition of defiant for English Language Learners

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


DEFIANT Defined for Kids

defiant

play
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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up defiant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

clear to the understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!