defiant

[dih-fahy-uhnt]
adjective
characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging: a defiant attitude.

Origin:
1830–40; < French défiant, Old French, present participle of defier to defy; see -ant

defiantly, adverb
defiantness, noun
half-defiant, adjective
half-defiantly, adverb
nondefiant, adjective
nondefiantly, adverb
nondefiantness, noun
overdefiant, adjective
overdefiantly, adverb
overdefiantness, noun
quasi-defiant, adjective
quasi-defiantly, adverb
undefiant, adjective
undefiantly, adverb


insubordinate, contumacious, refractory, recalcitrant, rebellious, insolent; daring.


obedient.
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defiant (dɪˈfaɪənt)
 
adj
marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging
 
defiantly
 
adv

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defiant
1837, from Fr. défiant, from O.Fr. desfiant, prp. of desfier (see defy). Related: Defiantly (1859).
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Example sentences
He sounds by turns defiant and wounded as he recounts the events leading to
  this pivotal juncture.
But it's not just defiant acts that can get you tossed into a foreign jail.
In the next few minutes, he appeared at various times deflated, defiant and
  disconcerted.
Good design can also be deeply defiant of existing systems.
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