- 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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- marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging
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Word Origin and History for undefiant
1837, from French défiant, present participle of défier (see defy). Related: Defiantly.
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