Origin of defiantFrench défiant, present participle of défier
A child acting defiant.
The definition of defiant is someone or something that resists behaving or conforming to what is asked or expected.
An example of defiant is someone who is told to do something and immediately does the opposite.
Marked by defiance; boldly resisting.
French défiant, from the verb défier
- The teen was far more defiant this evening, and Xander had a feeling he knew why.
- If he channeled that fire, he might find he liked her defiant passion.
- Anything more defiant and exasperating than this could not well have been said.
- In Italy the defiant attitude of Popes Gregory II.
- She'd gone from defiant to yielding in the space of a single kiss.