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

Definition of defiantly

: in a defiant manner : in a way that is full of or shows a disposition to challenge, resist, or fight She spoke out defiantly against the proposed law. As his empire crumbled amid the … scandal, he defiantly refused a graceful exit.— Jonathan Alter Though restrained, the women do not lack independence, and they wag their tongues as defiantly as ever.— Jason Farago

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Defiantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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