defiance

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noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-ən(t)s, dē-\

Definition of defiance

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of defying :  challenge jailed for defiance of a court order

  2. 2 :  disposition to resist :  willingness to contend or fight dealing with a child's defiance

in defiance of

  1. :  contrary to :  despite seemingly in defiance of the laws of physics He returned to the pulpit May 22 in defiance of an order by church leaders banning him from television preaching for one year. — Daniel E. Kubiske

Examples of defiance in a sentence

  1. any defiance of the authoritarian regime would have dire consequences

  2. the troubled youth seems to have an ingrained defiance to authority of any sort

Origin and Etymology of defiance

see 1defy


First Known Use: 15th century


DEFIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

defiance

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noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-ən(t)s, dē-\

Definition of defiance for English Language Learners

  • : a refusal to obey something or someone : the act of defying someone or something


DEFIANCE Defined for Kids

defiance

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noun de·fi·ance \di-ˈfī-əns\

Definition of defiance for Students

  1. 1 :  a refusal to obey a defiance of the rule

  2. 2 :  a willingness to resist Obedience school cured the dog of defiance.



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