defiant


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de·fi·ant

 (dĭ-fī′ənt)
adj.
Marked by defiance; boldly resisting.

de·fi′ant·ly adv.

defiant

(dɪˈfaɪənt)
adj
marked by resistance or bold opposition, as to authority; challenging
deˈfiantly adv

de•fi•ant

(dɪˈfaɪ ənt)

adj.
showing defiance; bold.
[1830–40; < French défiant, Old French, present participle of defier to defy; see -ant]
de•fi′ant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.defiant - boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; "brought up to be aggressive and defiant"; "a defiant attitude"
difficult, unmanageable - hard to control; "a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
insubordinate - not submissive to authority; "a history of insubordinate behavior"; "insubordinate boys"
intractable - not tractable; difficult to manage or mold; "an intractable disposition"; "intractable pain"; "the most intractable issue of our era"; "intractable metal"
unwilling - not disposed or inclined toward; "an unwilling assistant"; "unwilling to face facts"
compliant - disposed or willing to comply; "children compliant with the parental will"

defiant

defiant

adjective
Marked by defiance:
Translations
مَيّال الى التَّحَدّي أو العِصْيان
vzdornývzdorovitý
trodsig
dacoló
ögrandi
vzdorný
kljubovalenpredrzen
kafa tutanküstah

defiant

[dɪˈfaɪənt] ADJ (= insolent) [person] → atrevido, insolente; (= challenging) [tone, stare] → desafiante, retador

defiant

[dɪˈfaɪənt] adj [person] → rebelle; [message] → provocant(e); [tone] → de défi
to be in defiant mood (= aggressive) → être prêt(e) à relever le défi
to remain defiant (= refuse to capitulate) → relever le défi

defiant

adj child, answertrotzig; (= rebellious)aufsässig; (= challenging) attitudeherausfordernd

defiant

[dɪˈfaɪənt] adj (person) → ribelle; (tone, attitude) → di sfida; (reply) → insolente

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 ?
Jo can't prevent my seeing her, and I shall stay and do it as long as I like," interrupted Laurie in a defiant tone.
She could recognize her wild, desperate, defiant mood, the flightiness of her temper, and even some of the very cloud-shapes of gloom and despondency that had brooded in her heart.
I was sorry for Ginger, but of course I knew very little then, and I thought most likely she made the worst of it; however, I found that as the weeks went on she grew much more gentle and cheerful, and had lost the watchful, defiant look that she used to turn on any strange person who came near her; and one day James said, "I do believe that mare is getting fond of me, she quite whinnied after me this morning when I had been rubbing her forehead.
The women stared about them with defiant eyes, or laughed and joked, while the men kept their heads bowed, and their hats pulled over their faces.
I'll manage it in half the time," she said, with a hard, defiant laugh.
There was a defiant manner about this young man, and particularly about the way in which he chewed straw as he spoke to me, that I did not much like; as the bargain was made, however, I took him upstairs to the room I was leaving, and we brought the box down, and put it on his cart.
Penned in the dock, as I again stood outside it at the corner with his hand in mine, were the two-and-thirty men and women; some defiant, some stricken with terror, some sobbing and weeping, some covering their faces, some staring gloomily about.
Bar Comas eyed the defiant and insubordinate chieftain for an instant, his expression one of haughty, fearless contempt and hate, and then without drawing a weapon and without uttering a word he hurled himself at the throat of his defamer.
There was nothing disrespectful or defiant in the boy's tone or manner.
And the worthy fellow returned the watch to its fob with a defiant gesture.
His mind pictured the soldiers who would place their defiant bodies before the spear of the yelling battle fiend, and as he saw their dripping corpses on an imagined field, he said that he was their murderer.
Frigid and yet friendly, frank yet cautious, shrewd yet credulous, positive yet skeptical, confident yet shy, extremely intelligent and extremely good-humored, there was something vaguely defiant in its concessions, and something profoundly reassuring in its reserve.