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Meaning of DEFIANCE

Pronunciation:  di'fIuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a defiant act
  2. [n]  intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
  3. [n]  a hostile challenge

DEFIANCE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: rebelliousness
 See Also: challenge, insubordination, intractability, intractableness, obstreperousness, resistance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*fi"ance\, n. [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge,
fr. desfier to challenge, F. d['e]fier. See {Defy}.]
1. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to
   combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.

         A war without a just defiance made.   --Dryden.

         Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down.

2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition
   to resist; contempt of opposition.

         He breathed defiance to my ears.      --Shak.

3. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. [Obs.]
   ``Defiance to thy kindness.'' --Ford.

{To bid defiance}, {To set at defiance}, to defy; to
   disregard recklessly or contemptuously. --Locke.

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