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intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
a hostile challenge
a defiant act
The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.
Etymology: From defiance from défiant (present participle of défier).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
the act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat
a state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition
a casting aside; renunciation; rejection
Etymology: [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier to challenge, F. dfier. See Defy.]
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
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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The numerical value of defiance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of defiance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of defiance in a Sentence
It has politicized the situation and made it symbolic, if a solution is to be found, it would be found within the Pakistan legal system, not in defiance of it.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd:
This does not appear to be an effort to engage in good-faith negotiations or accommodations, instead, it appears to be another example of the administration's blanket defiance of Congress' constitutionally-mandated responsibilities.
This is a statement, symbolic of defiance, the pursuit of sanctions relief is over. Nothing is made explicit here, but it starts to set new expectations about the coming course of policy for 2020.
Texas designed S.B. 8 to thwart the supremacy of federal law in open defiance of our constitutional structure, states are free to ask this court to reconsider its constitutional precedents, but they are not free to place themselves above this court, nullify the Court’s decisions in their borders, and block the judicial review necessary to vindicate federal rights.
It's going to boost the electorate to come out stronger, I believe, it's defiance. It's, we're not going to take this stuff sitting down. We're going to come back out, we're going to vote. We're going to show that we care.
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- 無視, 反抗Japanese
- motstand motvilje trassNorwegian
- пренебрежение, неповиновение, непокорствоRussian
- meydan okumaTurkish
- thách thứcVietnamese
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