Open resistance; bold disobedience: an act of defiance the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings
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- 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, confrontation;
non-compliance, disobedience, insubordination, dissent, recalcitrance, subversion, subversiveness;
rebelliousness, mutinousness, provocation, daring, boldness, temerity, audacity, bravado, aggression;
contempt, disregard, scorn, insolence, truculence, contumacy
Middle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier 'defy'.
Words that rhyme with defiancealliance, appliance, compliance, misalliance, neuroscience, reliance, science
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