Dictionary.com

defiance

[ dih-fahy-uhns ]
/ dɪˈfaɪ əns /
Save This Word!

noun

a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
open disregard; contempt (often followed by of): defiance of danger; His refusal amounted to defiance.
a challenge to meet in combat or in a contest.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!

Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Idioms for defiance

    bid defiance to, to offer resistance; defy.
    in defiance of, in spite of; notwithstanding: There was a splendid audience in defiance of the rainstorm.

Origin of defiance

1250–1300; Middle English <Old French, equivalent to defi(er) to defy + -ance-ance

OTHER WORDS FROM defiance

non·de·fi·ance, nounpre·de·fi·ance, noun

Definition for defiance (2 of 2)

Defiance
[ dih-fahy-uhns ]
/ dɪˈfaɪ əns /

noun

a city in NW Ohio.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for defiance

British Dictionary definitions for defiance

defiance
/ (dɪˈfaɪəns) /

noun

open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power
a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with defiance

defiance

see in defiance of.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
FEEDBACK