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
Even before the photos were published, Christie was defiant about his decision not to let the government shutdown disrupt his vacation.
With the first round of negotiations between the EU and the U.K. set to begin Monday, Mr. Hammond also struck a defiant tone against...
Though Qataris and their emir remain defiant, the question is how to sustain an almost paradoxical existence.
The congressional baseball game, an annual charity event felt almost unmarred, defiant.
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 comedian remained defiant in the wave of criticism.
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.
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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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