de·​fi·​er | \ di-ˈfī(-ə)r How to pronounce defier (audio) \

Definition of defier

: one that defies a defier of convention

Examples of defier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evan Turk’s provocative and emotive illustrations, portraits within this portrait, bring swirling movement and feeling to the story of this defier and definer of the times., "A look at religion as it’s experienced every day; an inspiring new children’s book; and a tribute to those Public Garden ducks," 22 Apr. 2021 Everybody enjoys being thought of as a scofflaw, or a hell-raiser, or defier of authority, especially if such activity happened in the past. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | KAREN MARTIN: Toward a more perfect union," 29 Nov. 2020 Critics see a reckless defier of laws and norms who must be held to account. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: House Democrats run the impeachment inquiry, but millions of Americans will decide Trump’s fate," 17 Nov. 2019 Belichick is the league’s most prominent convention-defier; Schwartz is a veteran myth-buster. Michael Rosenberg,, "Jim Schwartz Is Trying to Follow Bill Belichick’s Path, but Now He Has to Outsmart Him in Super Bowl 52," 2 Feb. 2018 The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion ($9.80) is a retinoid active, part of the family of age-defiers that helps reduce wrinkles. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Kim Kardashian West Reveals Her Skin-Care Routine, Including The Ordinary's Retinoid Serum," 26 Jan. 2018

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1584, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Defier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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