from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an example of defying; bold resistance to an opposing force or authority.
- n. Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude; readiness to contend or resist.
- idiom in defiance of In spite of; contrary to: went on strike in defiance of union policy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.
- n. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition.
- n. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Suspicion; mistrust.
- n. The act of one who defies; a challenge to fight; an invitation to combat; a call to an adversary to fight if he dare.
- n. A challenge to meet in any contest; a call upon one to make good any assertion or charge; an invitation to maintain any cause or point.
- n. Contempt of opposition or danger; a daring or resistance that implies contempt of an adversary, or disregard of any opposing force: as, he pressed forward in defiance of the storm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
- n. a hostile challenge
- n. a defiant act
Now I feel by imperceptible signs, which I cannot yet interpret but will later, that his defiance is about to thaw.
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She was angry at his approval of what she called my defiance of her father, and insisted that
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