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  • adv. In a defiant manner.
  • adv. Common spellchecker-generated misspelling of definitely

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a defiant manner; with defiance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a rebellious manner


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  • My three-year-old raised his chin defiantly and said, No! It was an accident.

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  • "Eee-oo!" she called defiantly, and the gull, after a doubtful glance, went on its way, wondering, no doubt, what kind of a gull this was that behaved in such a peculiar manner.

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  • The girl met McGeorge outside the house; he called defiantly in the face of an unrelenting, outspoken opposition.

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  • Built a decade earlier by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, she is 390 metres long, painted orange and grey and wears her name defiantly, for she makes little attempt to evoke any of the qualities of grace and beauty for which goddesses are traditionally famed, being instead squat and 80,000 tonnes in weight, with a stern that bulges like an overstuffed cushion and a hold stacked high with more than a thousand variously coloured steel containers full of cargo, whose origins range from the factories of the Kobe corridor to the groves of the Atlas Mountains.

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  • Waving his sword defiantly above his head, Chi-churog, First Rider of the Xi-Murogg, was galloping in pursuit, urging his nervous blindered mount onward while screaming defiance.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • "'Jore-e Blur-re, Jore-e Blur-re, willy-nilly, willy-nilly!' he calls defiantly, as if he did not like having to keep quiet all day, and meant to tell his name at last.

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  • It is only the inevitable consequence, only the logical result of the movement that today millions of proletarian women call defiantly and with self-confidence: Let us have suffrage! ...

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  • This officer finding himself deserted by his men, waved his sword defiantly over his head and walked away as deliberately as on dress parade, while the sharpshooters were plowing up the dirt all around him, but all failed to bring him down.

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  • Carl stuck his head around the corner of the front door, called defiantly, "_Damn_ the other girls!" banged the door to, and we fled.

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  • There was something alike humiliating and exasperating in this implied advice from her, that we should tamely and unresistingly submit to a division of continent, bays, and rivers, according to terms defiantly and insultingly proposed by those who had a joint ownership with ourselves.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861


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