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[dih-fahy-uh nt] /dɪˈfaɪ ənt/
characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging:
a defiant attitude.
Origin of defiant
1830-40; < French défiant, Old French, present participle of defier to defy; see -ant
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for defiantly


marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging
Derived Forms
defiantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for defiantly



1837, from French défiant, present participle of défier (see defy). Related: Defiantly.

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