Definition of defiant in English:

defiant

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

adjective

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.
Synonyms
intransigent, resistant, obstinate, uncooperative, noncompliant, recalcitrant; obstreperous, truculent, dissenting, disobedient, insubordinate, subversive, rebellious, mutinous, feisty, unruly

Origin

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

Derivatives

defiantly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The piece is defiantly unglossy in both subject matter and execution: it reads less like a letter than a charge sheet.
  • In the distance looms the Kirk O'Shotts, its grey stone walls standing defiantly against a bare landscape.
  • Paul, determined to sound brave and tough, raises his head defiantly.

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