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defiant Syllabification: de·fi·ant
Pronunciation: /dəˈfīənt/

Definition of defiant in English:


Showing defiance: she was in a defiant mood
More example sentences
  • Croydon continued to press but the Oxted defence remained in a defiant mood.
  • It was a last defiant gesture of a man awarded medals for serving his country in Malaya.
  • There is a defiant resistance under way all over the world, and we would do well to join it.
intransigent, resistant, obstinate, uncooperative, noncompliant, recalcitrant;
obstreperous, truculent, dissenting, disobedient, insubordinate, subversive, rebellious, mutinous, feisty, unruly


Late 16th century: from French défiant or directly from defiance.

Words that rhyme with defiant

affiant, Bryant, client, compliant, giant, pliant, reliant
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