Definition of defiance in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈfīəns/


Open resistance; bold disobedience: the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings
More example sentences
  • The workers acted in defiance of a Labor Ministry order for mandatory conciliation.
  • For one fleeting moment the world has acted together in defiance of the group, whose isolation is now exposed for all to see.
  • School boards outside Toronto are also edging toward budgeting in defiance of provincial laws.
resistance, opposition, noncompliance, disobedience, insubordination, dissent, recalcitrance, subversion, rebellion;
contempt, disregard, scorn, insolence, truculence


Middle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier 'defy'.

Words that rhyme with defiance

alliance, appliance, compliance, misalliance, neuroscience, reliance, science

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Syllabification: de·fi·ance

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