defiance


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de·fi·ance

 (dĭ-fī′əns)
n.
1. Bold resistance against an opposing force or authority: engaged in acts of defiance against the regime.
2. Contemptuous disrespect for the authority of another: detected a tone of defiance in the letter.
3. Archaic A challenge, as to combat or a duel: "Violent was Mr. Weller's indignation as he was borne along; numerous were the allusions to the personal appearance and demeanour of Mr. Grummer and his companion; and valorous were the defiances to any six of the gentlemen present, in which he vented his dissatisfaction" (Charles Dickens).
Idiom:
in defiance of
In spite of; contrary to: went on strike in defiance of union policy.

[Middle English defiaunce, from Old French desfiance, from desfier, to defy; see defy.]

defiance

(dɪˈfaɪəns)
n
1. open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power
2. a challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge

de•fi•ance

(dɪˈfaɪ əns)

n.
1. a bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
2. a challenge, as to meet in combat.
Idioms:
in defiance of, despite; notwithstanding.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French, =defi(er) to defy + -ance -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defiance - intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
intractability, intractableness - the trait of being hard to influence or control
insubordination - defiance of authority
obstreperousness - noisy defiance
2.defiance - a hostile challenge
challenge - a call to engage in a contest or fight
3.defiance - a defiant act
resistance - group action in opposition to those in power

defiance

defiance

noun
1. Behavior or an act that is intentionally provocative:
2. The disposition boldly to defy or resist authority or an opposing force:
Translations
عَدم إكْتِراث، تَحَدِّ
odporvzdor
trods
dacszembeszegülés
andstaîa
maištingaimaištingasnepaklusnumasnesiskaitymas
izaicinājumspar spīti
vzdor
kafa tutmakarşı gelmemeydan okuma

defiance

[dɪˈfaɪəns] N (= attitude) → desafío m; (= resistance) → resistencia f terca
a gesture/an act of defianceun gesto/acto desafiante
in defiance of the lawdesafiando a la ley

defiance

[dɪˈfaɪəns] ndéfi m
in defiance of sth [+ rules, sb's orders] → au mépris de qch

defiance

nTrotz m(of sb jdm gegenüber); (of order, law, death, danger)Missachtung f (→ of +gen); an act of defianceeine Trotzhandlung; in defiance of somebody/somethingjdm/etw zum Trotz; his defiance of my orders caused an accidentweil er meine Anordnungen missachtete, gab es einen Unfall; that is in defiance of gravity/logicdas widerspricht den Gesetzen der Schwerkraft/Logik

defiance

[dɪˈfaɪəns] n(atteggiamento di) sfida
in defiance of → a dispetto di
in defiance of orders/the law → sfidando gli ordini/la legge

defiance

(diˈfaiəns) noun
open disobedience; challenging or opposition. He went in defiance of my orders.
deˈfiant adjective
hostile; showing or feeling defiance. a defiant attitude.
deˈfiantly adverb
References in classic literature ?
And having delivered her defiance all on one breath, Meg cast away her pinafore and precipitately left the field to bemoan herself in her own room.
Brantain slowly arose; so did the girl arise, but quickly, and the newcomer stood between them, a little amusement and some defiance struggling with the confusion in his face.
On a pattern like this, by daylight, there is a lack of sequence, a defiance of law, that is a constant irritant to a normal mind.
Her nervous cluck, when the chicken happened to be hidden in the long grass or under the squash-leaves; her gentle croak of satisfaction, while sure of it beneath her wing; her note of ill-concealed fear and obstreperous defiance, when she saw her arch-enemy, a neighbor's cat, on the top of the high fence,--one or other of these sounds was to be heard at almost every moment of the day.
They would take neither the glow of passion nor the tenderness of sentiment, but retained all the rigidity of dead corpses, and stared me in the face with a fixed and ghastly grin of contemptuous defiance.
And as upon the invasion of their valleys, the frosty Swiss have retreated to their mountains; so, hunted from the savannas and glades of the middle seas, the whale-bone whales can at last resort to their Polar citadels, and diving under the ultimate glassy barriers and walls there, come up among icy fields and floes; and in a charmed circle of everlasting December, bid defiance to all pursuit from man.
With the first drink he could eat a meal, and he could persuade himself that that was economy; with the second he could eat another meal--but there would come a time when he could eat no more, and then to pay for a drink was an unthinkable extravagance, a defiance of the agelong instincts of his hunger-haunted class.
His conversation was in free and easy defiance of Murray's Grammar,[1] and was garnished at convenient intervals with various profane expressions, which not even the desire to be graphic in our account shall induce us to transcribe.
My long-crushed spirit rose, cowardice departed, bold defiance took its place; and I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.
If we were obliged to go out such an evening as this, by any call of duty or business, what a hardship we should deem it;and here are we, probably with rather thinner clothing than usual, setting forward voluntarily, without excuse, in defiance of the voice of nature, which tells man, in every thing given to his view or his feelings, to stay at home himself, and keep all under shelter that he can; here are we setting forward to spend five dull hours in another man's house, with nothing to say or to hear that was not said and heard yesterday, and may not be said and heard again tomorrow.
Why, in defiance of every precept and principle of this house, does she conform to the world so openly--here in an evangelical, charitable establishment--as to wear her hair one mass of curls?
Heathcliff started; his eye rapidly surveyed our faces, Catherine met it with her accustomed look of nervousness and yet defiance, which he abhorred.