defiance definition

  • noun:
    • The work or an example of defying; bold opposition to an opposing power or authority.
    • Intentionally contemptuous behavior or mindset; readiness to contend or withstand.
    • the sensation, or character of being defiant.
    • The work of defying, investing in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to fight.
    • A state of resistance; readiness to journey; personality to withstand; contempt of opposition.
    • A casting aside; renunciation; rejection.
    • Suspicion; mistrust.
    • The act of one just who defies; difficult to battle; an invitation to fight; a call to an adversary to fight if he dare.
    • challenging to satisfy in any competition; a call upon anyone to make good any assertion or fee; an invitation to maintain any cause or point.
    • Contempt of resistance or danger; a daring or resistance that suggests contempt of an adversary, or neglect of any opposing power: as, he pressed forward in defiance associated with the violent storm.
    • intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
    • a hostile challenge
    • a defiant act
  • idiom:
    • in defiance of In spite of; contrary to: continued hit in defiance of union plan.

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