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defiant

[dih-fahy-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. 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 formsde·fi·ant·ly, adverbde·fi·ant·ness, nounhalf-de·fi·ant, adjectivehalf-de·fi·ant·ly, adverbnon·de·fi·ant, adjectivenon·de·fi·ant·ly, adverbnon·de·fi·ant·ness, nouno·ver·de·fi·ant, adjectiveo·ver·de·fi·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·de·fi·ant·ness, nounqua·si-de·fi·ant, adjectivequa·si-de·fi·ant·ly, adverbun·de·fi·ant, adjectiveun·de·fi·ant·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

obedient.
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Examples from the Web for defiantly

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  • "I was at Gravesend, sir—at the races," answered Mortimer, defiantly.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • "In Edward's view, Mr. Betts is not her husband," said Marcia, defiantly.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • He spoke proudly, defiantly, looking the cleric full in the face.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • To this the Pequots defiantly replied with a shower of arrows.

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    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • "I met her first at the drug store last summer," he said defiantly.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for defiantly

defiant

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

defiant

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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