de·​fi·​er di-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce defier (audio)
: one that defies
a defier of convention

Examples of defier in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of defier was in 1584

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“Defier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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