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 ?
To extricate himself from the stirrups and fallen steed, was to the Templar scarce the work of a moment; and, stung with madness, both at his disgrace and at the acclamations with which it was hailed by the spectators, he drew his sword and waved it in defiance of his conqueror.
She puts into her pocket more than a third of the profits, in defiance of my most arduous exertions to prevent her.
But in defiance of the High Court orders they arrived in Islamabad and what followed is known not only to the people of Pakistan but the whole world.