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 about 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.
- non·de·fi·ance, noun
- pre·de·fi·ance, noun
Other definitions for Defiance (2 of 2)
a city in NW Ohio.
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How to use defiance in a sentence
Cuomo warned the state would withhold funding from any school that remained open in defiance of the shutdown.New York’s block-by-block lockdowns are curbing covid-19. But residents aren’t pleased. | Ben Guarino | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
If there were ballots that were left behind by the Postal Service in defiance of the court order, they’re going to be found.For the Postal Service, a Frantic Election Day Turns to Finger-Pointing the Day After | by Maryam Jameel and Ryan McCarthy | November 5, 2020 | ProPublica
Despite prodigious yo-yoing due to scrapes with securities regulators, missed deadlines, and defiance of pandemic-driven health laws, Tesla market capitalization is about $400 billion.
Those who operate in defiance of the state rules could face fines, possibly the loss of their license.Sacramento Report: State Audit Knocks San Diego Agency’s Use of Vehicle Fees | Voice of San Diego | July 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In 2014, California banned school districts from using willful defiance as a reason to suspend young students in kindergarten through third grade, and from expelling any K-12 student for willful defiance alone.School Leaders Can’t Suspend the Discipline Discussion Any Longer | Will Huntsberry | July 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Or you may not have many—or any—friends, recasting your social exclusion as brave defiance of social norms.
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 | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In defiance, I held my ticket above my head, which triggered the spitting and chants of “How Dare You!”
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 | Kevin Fallon | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The economy in Aleppo barely exists, and the attitude of those who remain hovers somewhere between defiance and defeat.Local Truces Are Syria’s Sad Little Pieces of Peace | Joshua Hersh | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two of the artillerymen who had not been injured came to his assistance, and again the gun was thundering forth its defiance.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Others now rushed to the rescue, the artillery men came back, and once more the guns were thundering their defiance.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
It would have been a sort of review—in the face of the city of Dublin, in open defiance of all order and government.
From its strongly fortified position Havana set the buccaneers at defiance, and sometimes saved the whole island from ruin.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Madame had risen hastily, fear and defiance blending in her face, and she had at once commanded mademoiselle's withdrawal.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for defiance
open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power
a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge
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Other Idioms and Phrases with defiance
see in defiance of.
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