defiance

[ dih-fahy-uh ns ]
/ dɪˈfaɪ əns /

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.

Idioms

    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

Related forms

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

Definition for defiance (2 of 2)

Defiance

[ dih-fahy-uh ns ]
/ dɪˈfaɪ əns /

noun

a city in NW Ohio.
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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
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Idioms and Phrases with defiance

defiance


see in defiance of.

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