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Defiance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEFIANCE, n.
1. A daring; a challenge to fight; invitation to combat; a call to an adversary to encounter, if he dare. Goliath bid defiance to the army of Israel.
2. A challenge to meet in any contest; a call upon one to make good any assertion or charge; an invitation to maintain any cause or point.
3. Contempt of opposition or danger; a daring or resistance that implies the contempt of an adversary, or of any opposing power. Men often transgress the law and act in defiance of authority.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude [syn: defiance, rebelliousness]
2: a hostile challenge
3: a defiant act

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 15th century 1. the act or an instance of defying ; challenge 2. disposition to resist ; willingness to contend or fight

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 open disobedience; bold resistance. 2 a challenge to fight or maintain a cause, assertion, etc. Phrases and idioms: in defiance of disregarding; in conflict with. Etymology: ME f. OF (as DEFY)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Defiance De*fi"ance, n. [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier to challenge, F. d['e]fier. See Defy.] 1. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat. A war without a just defiance made. --Dryden. Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down. --Tennyson. 2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition. He breathed defiance to my ears. --Shak. 3. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. [Obs.] ``Defiance to thy kindness.'' --Ford. To bid defiance, To set at defiance, to defy; to disregard recklessly or contemptuously. --Locke.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Defiance is behaviour or an attitude which shows that you are not willing to obey someone. ...his courageous defiance of the government. N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n 2. If you do something in defiance of a person, rule, or law, you do it even though you know that you are not allowed to do it. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in defiance of the curfew. PHRASE: PHR n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Daring, challenge, invitation to combat or contest (of any kind). 2. Contempt, opposition, spite, despite.

Moby Thesaurus

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