in defiance of

defiance

[dih-fahy-uhns]
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:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, equivalent to defi(er) to defy + -ance -ance

nondefiance, noun
predefiance, noun
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defiance (dɪˈfaɪəns)
 
n
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 & History

defiance
c.1300, from O.Fr. defiance "challenge," from defiant, prp. of defier (see defy).
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Idioms & Phrases

in defiance of

In spite of, with outright disregard for, as in They went on strike in defiance of union policy. This term was first recorded in 1750.

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