An example of defiance is a group of nurses walking out on the job and picketing against the hospital.
- In spite of; contrary to:Went on strike in defiance of union policy.
- in spite of
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Origin of defiance
- Middle English defiaunce from Old French desfiance from desfier to defy defy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French defiance, from défiant (present participle of défier).