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defiant

[dih-fahy-uhnt]
adjective
  1. 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
Related formsde·fi·ant·ly, adverbde·fi·ant·ness, nounhalf-de·fi·ant, adjectivehalf-de·fi·ant·ly, adverbnon·de·fi·ant, adjectivenon·de·fi·ant·ly, adverbnon·de·fi·ant·ness, nouno·ver·de·fi·ant, adjectiveo·ver·de·fi·ant·ly, adverbo·ver·de·fi·ant·ness, nounqua·si-de·fi·ant, adjectivequa·si-de·fi·ant·ly, adverbun·de·fi·ant, adjectiveun·de·fi·ant·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for undefiant

defiant

adjective
  1. marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging
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Derived Formsdefiantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undefiant

defiant

adj.

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

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