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defiance

[dih-fahy-uh ns] /dɪˈfaɪ əns/
noun
1.
a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
2.
open disregard; contempt (often followed by of):
defiance of danger; His refusal amounted to defiance.
3.
a challenge to meet in combat or in a contest.
Idioms
4.
bid defiance to, to offer resistance; defy.
5.
in defiance of, in spite of; notwithstanding:
There was a splendid audience in defiance of the rainstorm.
Origin of defiance
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to defi(er) to defy + -ance -ance
Related forms
nondefiance, noun
predefiance, noun

Defiance

[dih-fahy-uh ns] /dɪˈfaɪ əns/
noun
1.
a city in NW Ohio.
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  • But, as truth is stranger than fiction, so life contains anomalies and monstrosities which simply p. 19set logic at defiance.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • They set the battle in array, they uttered cries of defiance.

  • Then the mule lifted high his head and uttered a prolonged ear-splitting bray of defiance.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • The first look that they gave at the upper world was a glare of wrath and defiance.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • If we had only open desert in front of us we could set them all at defiance.

British Dictionary definitions for defiance

defiance

/dɪˈfaɪəns/
noun
1.
open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power
2.
a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge
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Word Origin and History for defiance
n.

c.1300, from Old French desfiance "challenge, declaration of war," from desfiant, present participle of desfier (see defy).

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