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defiance Explained

defiance at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


defiance at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1300, from O.Fr. defiance "challenge," from defiant, prp. of defier (see defy). ///

defiance at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] behaviour that shows you refuse to do what someone tells you to do, especially because you do not respect them// defy// act/gesture of defiance // --Running away was an act of defiance against his parents.// in defiance (of sth)// --Many people were drinking in the streets, in flagrant defiance of the ban.// --Her fists clenched in defiance.//

défiance at French => English Of Explained:


defiance at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

88 Moby Thesaurus words for "defiance":
audacity, boldness, bravado, brazenness, call, cartel, challenge,
combative reaction, command, complaint, contempt, contrariness,
contumaciousness, contumacy, counteraction, dare,
declaration of war, defi, defiance of authority, defy, demur,
despite, dispute, dissent, dissentience, effrontery, factiousness,
fractiousness, hardihood, headstrongness, impudence,
incorrigibility, indocility, indomitability, insolence,
insubordination, insuppressibility, insurgency, intractability,
intractableness, irrepressibility, muster, negativism,
noncooperation, objection, obstinacy, obstreperousness, opposition,
order, orneriness, passive resistance, perversity, protest,
reaction, rebelliousness, rebuff, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy,
recalcitration, refractoriness, reluctance, remonstrance,
renitence, renitency, repellence, repellency, repulse, repulsion,
resistance, restiveness, revolt, shrewishness, stand, stubbornness,
stump, summons, temerity, uncontrollability, uncooperativeness,
ungovernability, unmalleability, unmanageability, unmoldableness,
unruliness, unsubmissiveness, untamableness, wildness,

defiance at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Defiance): defiance, daring, challenge, threat, war cry, saber rattling.

[N] (Disobedience): disobedience, insubordination, contumacy, infraction, infringement, violation, noncompliance, nonobservance, revolt, rebellion, mutiny, outbreak, uprising, insurrection, riot, tumult, disorder, strike, defiance, sedition, treason, high treason.

[N] (Threat): threat, menace, defiance, intimidation, admonition, warning.

defiance at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[U] open refusal to obey sb/sth:
a look / an act / a gesture of defiance * Nuclear testing was resumed in defiance of an international ban.

Defiance at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

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.

defiance at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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

defiance at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a
Inter: also » défiance



From Inter: etyl » fro defiance from défiant (present participle of défier).


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /dɪ'faɪ(j)əns/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-defiance.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » aɪəns


    Inter: head » en|noun

  • The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.


    Inter: trans-top » the feeling of being defiant
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|непокорство|n|tr=nepokorstvo
  • Chinese: 反抗, 蔑视
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|vzdor|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Trotz
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » به‌ربه‌ره‌کانی

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Norwegian: motstand motvilje trass
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|opór|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|desafio|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|desafío|m
    • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|meydan okuma

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » defiance
    Translation: el » defiance
    Translation: fa » defiance
    Translation: io » defiance
    Translation: kn » defiance
    Translation: hu » defiance
    Translation: mg » defiance
    Translation: ml » defiance
    Translation: my » defiance
    Translation: ja » defiance
    Translation: no » defiance
    Translation: pl » defiance
    Translation: fi » defiance
    Translation: sv » defiance
    Translation: ta » defiance
    Translation: te » defiance
    Translation: vi » defiance
    Translation: zh » defiance

    défiance at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » defiance



    Inter: fr-noun » f|sort=defiance
  • mistrust


    * confiance

    Related terms

    * défiant
    • défier

    Translation: el » défiance
    Translation: fr » défiance
    Translation: ko » défiance
    Translation: io » défiance
    Translation: mg » défiance
    Translation: ro » défiance
    Translation: fi » défiance
    Translation: vi » défiance