defiant

[dih-fahy-uhnt]
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. deferred share,
  2. defervesce,
  3. defervescence,
  4. deffo,
  5. defiance,
  6. defiantly,
  7. defiber,
  8. defibered,
  9. defiberize,
  10. defibrate

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 defiantly

defiant

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for defiantly

defiant

adj.

1837, from French défiant, present participle of défier (see defy). Related: Defiantly.

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