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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

Wiktionary

  1. defiancenoun

    The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defiancenoun

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

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

  2. Defiancenoun

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

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

  3. Defiancenoun

    a casting aside; renunciation; rejection

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Elijah Cummings:

    The committee needs to hear directly from the heads of these agencies as soon as possible in light of the almost daily reports of abuse and defiance.

  3. Hooman Mirghasemi:

    Russia and China are speculated as potential sellers of arms to Iran. Again, Irans income from oil is at an all-time low because of Donald Trumps maximum pressure policy. On the other, because of this policy, Irans central banks assets are frozen in other countries, and consequently, Iran does not have access to sufficient funds for such purchases, however, as an act of defiance, the possibility of arms purchased from China or Russia, even very limited, is not entirely unlikely.

  4. Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

    I am inspired by the strength and the resilience of the survivors and their loved ones. And I am deeply moved by the way that this community – and our national community – has stood together in support of one another, in defiance of terror and in defense of our most cherished ideals.

  5. Theresa May:

    They have provided no credible explanation, instead they have treated the use of a military grade nerve agent in Europe with sarcasm, contempt and defiance.

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