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Definitions for defiance
dɪˈfaɪ ənsde·fi·ance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defiance, rebelliousnessnoun

    intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude

  2. defiancenoun

    a hostile challenge

  3. defiancenoun

    a defiant act


  1. defiancenoun

    The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.

  2. Etymology: From defiance from défiant (present participle of défier).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEFIANCEnoun

    Etymology: from deffi, French.

    The firey Tybalt, with his sword prepar’d,
    Which, as he breath’d defiance to my ears,
    He swung about his head. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    Nor is it just to bring
    A war, without a just defiance made. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    The Novatian heresy was very apt to attract well meaning souls, who, seeing it bad such express defiance to apostacy, could not suspect that it was itself any defection from the faith. Decay of Piety.

    No body will so openly bid defiance to common sense, as to affirm visible and direct contradictions. John Locke.


  1. defiance

    Defiance is the act of openly resisting, challenging, or refusing to obey rules, authority or any form of control. It is a behavior or attitude characterized by bold disobedience or opposition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defiancenoun

    the act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat

  2. Defiancenoun

    a state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition

  3. Defiancenoun

    a casting aside; renunciation; rejection

  4. Etymology: [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier to challenge, F. dfier. See Defy.]


  1. Defiance

    Defiance is a 2008 World War II era film written, produced and directed by Edward Zwick, set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by three Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the Second World War. The film stars Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski, Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski and George MacKay as Aron Bielski. The film is an adaptation of Nechama Tec's book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. Production began in early September 2007 and had a limited release in the United States on December 31, 2008, and went into general release worldwide in January and February 2009.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defiance

    de-fī′ans, n. the act of defying: a challenge to combat: aggressiveness: contempt of opposition.—adj. Defī′ant, full of defiance, insolently bold.—adv. Defī′antly.—n. Defī′antness.—adj. Defī′atory, bidding defiance.—Bid defiance to, to defy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defiance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defiance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of defiance in a Sentence

  1. Roberto Salinas Leon:

    Despite U.S. and international sanctions, Ortega continues to hail his rule as an outcome of democratic representation—torturing and jailing anyone who dares stands in his path, what is the proper response in the face of such defiance and the significant deterioration of U.S.-Nicaragua relations?.

  2. Hassan Hassan:

    The statement in Libya is more a statement of defiance, by killing Christian civilians, they were delivering a message that they're expanding.

  3. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    Tunneling through barriers, particles defy the boundaries of our classical confinement, revealing the audacious spirit of quantum defiance against the imprisoning walls of determinism.

  4. The Weekly Standard Steve Hayes:

    This explains the shift from defiance to contrition, it's totally contrived, she doesn't mean a word of it.

  5. Godefroid Niyombare:

    Regarding President Nkurunziza's arrogance and defiance of the international community which advised him to respect the constitution and Arusha peace agreement, the committee for the establishment of the national concord decide: President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too.

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