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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
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British Dictionary definitions for in de fiance of

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 in de fiance of

defiance

n.

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

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defiance

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