[ dih-fahy-uhnt ]
/ dɪˈfaɪ ənt /


characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging: a defiant attitude.


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Origin of defiant

1830–40; < French défiant, Old French, present participle of defier to defy; see -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for defiant

/ (dɪˈfaɪənt) /


marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging

Derived forms of defiant

defiantly, adverb
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