• WordNet 3.6
    • n defiance a defiant act
    • n defiance intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
    • n defiance a hostile challenge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defiance A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. "Defiance to thy kindness."
    • Defiance A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition. "He breathed defiance to my ears."
    • Defiance 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.""Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defiance Suspicion; mistrust.
    • n defiance The act of one who defies; a challenge to fight; an invitation to combat; a call to an adversary to fight if he dare.
    • n defiance A challenge to meet in any contest; a call upon one to make good any assertion or charge; an invitation to maintain any cause or point.
    • n defiance Contempt of opposition or danger; a daring or resistance that implies contempt of an adversary, or disregard of any opposing force: as, he pressed forward in defiance of the storm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Defiance de-fī′ans the act of defying: a challenge to combat: aggressiveness: contempt of opposition
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  • Winston Churchill
    “In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.”
  • Ernest Becker
    Ernest Becker
    “For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier, to challenge, F. défier,. See Defy


In literature:

And it was then that Little Saxon snorted his last defiance at pursuit and achieved his freedom.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
There was a sort of defiance in the sudden, tensity of her erect body, an imperiousness in the carriage of her head.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
His head bent down low like a bull's and his shoulders hulked in a stiffening defiance.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
The answer was not argument, but defiance.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker
They began to procure arms, and breathed nothing but defiance and revenge.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
He dared not leap after it but faced the skilled fencer, blazing defiance though fully expectant of the unsheathed dirk.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
The trials were said to be conducted in defiance of law as well as justice.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He had lived in open defiance of decency.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
This want of respect, this visible defiance had darkened his countenance and embittered his soul.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
There was a strain as if of defiance in his tone.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
His trumpets sounded defiance.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Jean rang the bell at Holland House with mingled feelings of resentment and defiance.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
His defiance of the 'Devils' in Worms was not a mere boast, as the like might be if now spoken.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
They redoubled the bombardment of the house in defiance.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
A moment he stood eye to eye with Craddock, fighting down the defiance that rose for utterance to his lips.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
Shann clasped his hands about his knees to still the trembling of his body, and eyed them back with all the defiance he could muster.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
His open defiance at last forced the king to act.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
They are kings, but I bid defiance to their power and their threats.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
His gayety and defiance vanished; he stood there scowling at the Pool.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
The Arabs were not slow in answering their defiance.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various

In poetry:

Then manfully resist, with
A firm reliance;
Trusting to Providence, meet
It with defiance.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Will ye who fling defiance forth,
Against a temporal foe,
And rather die, than stoop to wear
The chains that gall you so,--
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
The laughing ripple shoreward flew,
To kiss the shining pebbles;
Loud shrieked the swarming Boys in Blue
Defiance to the Rebels.
"Music In Camp" by John Reuben Thompson
Sometimes upon his brow would come
A little pucker of defiance;
He totalled in a word the sum
Of all man made of facts and science.
"Sandy Star And Willie Gee" by William Stanley Braithwaite
O Lord of hosts, Almighty King,
While we so near thy presence dwell,
Our faith shall sit secure, and sing
Defiance to the gates of hell.
"Psalm 46 part 2" by Isaac Watts
O Lord of hosts, almighty King!
While we so near thy presence dwell,
Our faith shall rest secure, and sing
Defiance to the gates of hell.
"Psalm XLVI: God Is the Refuge" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Tears breed defiance at funeral for Gaza family.
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At New Jersey's Southern Tip, Dire Forecasts Are Met With Irritation and Defiance.
Young adult drama slated for St Mary Catholic Church in Defiance.
Opry time at Defiance Christian Church .
Defiance Christian Church , located at 955 Standley Rd.
Two clouded leopard cubs are set to leave Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium next week to meet their potential mates at separate zoos.
Clouded leopard cubs to leave Point Defiance Zoo next week.
Judy Mae Derrow, 2, colors a picture of a reindeer during the Cocoa with the Clauses event Saturday at the Defiance Eagles.
Commemorative signs honor active duty military personnel throughout Defiance.
Compliance better than defiance.
North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Wednesday in defiance of its critics abroad — and claimed that the mission successfully put a satellite in orbit.
Akin's defiance ups tension within GOP.
Area departments respond to Defiance condo fire.
Defiance area firefighters responded to the scene of fire at a condo late Tuesday morning, Dec 4, 2012.

In science:

This happens all the time in scientific practice, in defiance of SE, when empirically successful, disunified theories are ignored.
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