defiance[dē fī′əns, di-]
An example of defiance is a group of nurses walking out on the job and picketing against the hospital.
- the act of defying; open, bold resistance to authority or opposition
- a challenge
Origin of defianceMiddle English defiaunce ; from Old French defiance ; from defier, defy
in defiance of
- in spite of
- The act or an example of defying; bold resistance to an opposing force or authority.
- Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude; readiness to contend or resist.
Origin of defianceMiddle English defiaunce, from Old French desfiance, from desfier, to defy; see defy.
(countable and uncountable, plural defiances)
- The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.
From Old French defiance, from défiant (present participle of défier).