de·​fi·​ant·​ly di-ˈfī-ənt-lē How to pronounce defiantly (audio)
: 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

Examples of defiantly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the clock struck midnight on Nov. 7 in Moscow, the Kremlin defiantly renounced its membership in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), once thought of as a pillar of European stability. Mathias Hammer, TIME, 13 Nov. 2023 Yet artifice and absence are basic to the modern myth of the writer, which Sarr both mocks and defiantly claims. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Because Diana Nyad is nothing if not defiantly proud. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 The one-two punch of Shakur’s death in September, 1996, and the Notorious B.I.G.’s the following March taught a generation how to mourn: loudly, defiantly. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 The show defiantly refused to translate every gag, which was a refreshing and radical change for a series that has rarely embraced Latino performers this way. Esther Zuckerman, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2023 The center’s shop owners defiantly fly the old, South Vietnamese flag. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 But from almost its first moments, the show chose to defiantly resist the magnetic pull of that quartet, sending each actor off on (usually) solo voyages of self-discovery rather than staying in the safe orbit of the core four. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2023 My father stood up, bravely and defiantly and eloquently against the moral crusaders and fought for his — and everyone’s — First Amendment right to publish. Bob Guccione Jr, Spin, 20 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of defiantly was in 1847

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“Defiantly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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