- 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.
- 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
- a city in NW Ohio.
Related Wordsprovocation, spite, rebellion, confrontation, opposition, contempt, stump, insurgency, summons, unruliness, insurgence, temerity, cartel, guts, insubordination, call, dare, lip, impudence, boldness
Examples from the Web for defiance
Another 10 slaves threw themselves overboard in a display of defiance at the inhumanity.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
In defiance, I held my ticket above my head, which triggered the spitting and chants of “How Dare You!”Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
She had just shot her arrow at an electric force field, an apparently society-changing act of defiance.'Mockingjay—Part 1’ Is the Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet
November 20, 2014
If I balked at an act or found it difficult to perform, I was “punished” for my defiance (which is the nature of a BDSM scene).My ‘Kink’ Nightmare: James Franco’s BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Only Tells Part of the Story
August 30, 2014
The monkey seemed to be sticking his tongue out at me in defiance.How I (Digitally) Killed My Twitter Impostor
July 21, 2014
They set the battle in array, they uttered cries of defiance.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
The heralds returned with an answer of defiance from the hill boys.The Boy Life of Napoleon
The first look that they gave at the upper world was a glare of wrath and defiance.Tanglewood Tales
She ate as well as spoke in a hurried manner, and as if in defiance of her feelings.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
This was to throw a sort of defiance to the fear; and certainly as often as I did so it abated.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power
- a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge
Word Origin and History for defiance
c.1300, from Old French desfiance "challenge, declaration of war," from desfiant, present participle of desfier (see defy).
Idioms and Phrases with defiance
see in defiance of.