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 ?
It was of Eastern origin, having been brought from the Holy Land; and the mixture of the cymbals and bells seemed to bid welcome at once, and defiance, to the knights as they advanced.
Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, the late king of Thebes, in defiance of Creon who rules in his stead, resolves to bury her brother Polyneices, slain in his attack on Thebes.
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.
She puts into her pocket more than a third of the profits, in defiance of my most arduous exertions to prevent her.
Indignant as he was at this impertinence, there was something so exquisitely absurd in such a cartel of defiance, that Nicholas was obliged to bite his lip and read the note over two or three times before he could muster sufficient gravity and sternness to address the hostile messenger, who had not taken his eyes from the ceiling, nor altered the expression of his face in the slightest degree.
The case being, then, that no one person can insult a kingdom, province, city, state, or entire community, it is clear there is no reason for going out to avenge the defiance of such an insult, inasmuch as it is not one.
Bingley from your sister, and the other, that I had, in defiance of various claims, in defiance of honour and humanity, ruined the immediate prosperity and blasted the prospects of Mr.
because I have sent my cartel, gauntlet, and defiance to Sir John Chandos and to Sir William Felton.
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.
It appeared he had "served his time" in the copper-ore trade, the famous copper-ore trade of old days between Swansea and the Chilian coast, coal out and ore in, deep-loaded both ways, as if in wanton defiance of the great Cape Horn seas - a work, this, for staunch ships, and a great school of staunchness for West- Country seamen.
Mrs Smith's enjoyments were not spoiled by this improvement of income, with some improvement of health, and the acquisition of such friends to be often with, for her cheerfulness and mental alacrity did not fail her; and while these prime supplies of good remained, she might have bid defiance even to greater accessions of worldly prosperity.
They called each other by their Christian name, were always arm in arm when they walked, pinned up each other's train for the dance, and were not to be divided in the set; and if a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.