[ dih-fahy-uhns ]
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  1. a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.

  2. open disregard; contempt (often followed by of): defiance of danger; His refusal amounted to defiance.

  1. a challenge to meet in combat or in a contest.

Idioms about defiance

  1. bid defiance to, to offer resistance; defy.

  2. in defiance of, in spite of; notwithstanding: There was a splendid audience in defiance of the rainstorm.

Origin of defiance

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French; equivalent to defy + -ance

Other words from defiance

  • non·de·fi·ance, noun
  • pre·de·fi·ance, noun

Words Nearby defiance

Other definitions for Defiance (2 of 2)

[ dih-fahy-uhns ]

  1. a city in NW Ohio. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use defiance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for defiance


/ (dɪˈfaɪəns) /

  1. open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power

  2. a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge

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Other Idioms and Phrases with defiance


see in defiance of.

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