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
- Bold resistance against an opposing force or authority: engaged in acts of defiance against the regime.
- Contemptuous disrespect for the authority of another: detected a tone of defiance in the letter.
- Archaic A challenge, as to combat or a duel: “Violent was Mr. Weller's indignation as he was borne along; numerous were the allusions to the personal appearance and demeanour of Mr. Grummer and his companion; and valorous were the defiances to any six of the gentlemen present, in which he vented his dissatisfaction” ( Charles Dickens )
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).