Origin of defiant
Examples from the Web for defiant
Coursing beneath the polished surface of the love poems is something deep, dark, and defiant.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shultz, who left the meeting early, told aides the president was “defiant” about going forward.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations|Malcolm Byrne|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
AJAM chief executive officer Ehab Al Shihabi struck a defiant note.
Up from vicious poverty, abuse, and segregation, Holiday was a defiant and challenging presence.Audra for the Win: Why Audra McDonald Must Win Tony for Best Actress|Daniel Gross|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If Rep. John C. Fleming has anything to do with it, the answer will be a defiant “no.”
The feelings of people are expressed with the same kind of defiant individualism as are their tastes.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2)|Eliza Lynn Linton
But now the pack began to rouse up and show its rage under the calm, careless, defiant contempt with which it was being treated.The Lost Middy|George Manville Fenn
He had the manner of the defiant male lured from behind his defenses into the open against his will.The Way of Ambition|Robert Hichens
There was still time, they reasoned, for Mr. Frick to withdraw his defiant ultimatum.Homestead|Arthur G. Burgoyne
The defiant ring of this abrupt question brought Bea to her sense of the situation.Beatrice Leigh at College|Julia Augusta Schwartz
British Dictionary definitions for defiant
Word Origin and History for defiant
1837, from French défiant, present participle of défier (see defy). Related: Defiantly.