- characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging: a defiant attitude.
Origin of defiant
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insubordinate, contumacious, refractory, recalcitrant, rebellious, insolent; daring.
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Examples from the Web for defiant
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The day closed with the men of Thomas still grim and defiant.The Rock of Chickamauga
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He quitted the room, and Annabel ran after him, laughing and defiant still.The Channings
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Lena nodded and went out, shutting the door with a defiant swing.
There was a defiant note in her voice, and Massachusetts looked at her with surprise.
He looked as defiant, indeed, as if he had heard bullets whizzing past him.His Masterpiece
- marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging
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Word Origin and History for defiant
1837, from French défiant, present participle of défier (see defy). Related: Defiantly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper