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.
bid defiance to, to offer resistance; defy.
in defiance of, in spite of; notwithstanding: There was a splendid audience in defiance of the rainstorm.
Origin of defiance
1250–1300; Middle EnglishRelated formsnon·de·fi·ance, nounpre·de·fi·ance, noun
< Old French,
equivalent to defi(er
) to defy
+ -ance -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for in defiance of
open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power
a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge
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Word Origin and History for in defiance of
c.1300, from Old French desfiance "challenge, declaration of war," from desfiant, present participle of desfier (see defy).
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Idioms and Phrases with in defiance of
In spite of, with outright disregard for, as in They went on strike in defiance of union policy. This term was first recorded in 1750.
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