• WordNet 3.6
    • adj defiant boldly resisting authority or an opposing force "brought up to be aggressive and defiant","a defiant attitude"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Defiant Full of defiance; bold; insolent; as, a defiant spirit or act. "In attitude stern and defiant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defiant Characterized by defiance, or bold opposition or antagonism; challenging.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Defiant full of defiance, insolently bold
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  • Walt Whitman
    “How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!”
  • Gail Sheehy
    Gail Sheehy
    “There is no more defiant denial of one man's ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to redeemed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. défiant, p. pr. of défier,. See Defy


In literature:

She would dance with Skippy openly and defiantly the whole evening.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
Samory was also there, and before him, still defiant and apparently almost recovered from his wounds, stood my friend Omar.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
The expression on her face was bold and defiant.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Immediately after this compromise Conde returned to Paris, loud, strong, jubilant, defiant, bearing himself like a king.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Penelope was now openly and defiantly a grown-up child.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
A little defiant, he thought, but with a quiet, clear-eyed virginity.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
She was very angry and very defiant.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Was this the girl he had thought to mold as his wife, this fearless, defiant creature?
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
June took up the gage, instantly, defiantly.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Slowly, defiantly, the bunting was hauled close up, and ironically "dipped" three times.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
I'll know,' s'she, defiant, 'whether they's anything to the law or whether they ain't.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
But the Spanish Ministry, in the King's name, sent a defiant answer.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Sheila flushed, turned and looked defiantly at him.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
You lay dead there, in fragments; now you flash lightning, defiant and brave!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
But defiant eyes glared into those of the man who had unhorsed and captured him.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
He leaned back, defiant.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
But Mukna defiantly arose to his feet, without waiting to be prodded.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Mary's reply was flung defiantly forth.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
The restless waves moaned in their eternal assault upon the defiant walls.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
She impressed you with the same defiant glow of exultation.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

'It was grey and dirty weather,
And I heard a drum go rolling,
Rub-a-dubbing in the distance,
Awful dour-like and defiant.
"Romance" by William Ernest Henley
PIERRE had a doating mother, who
Had heard of his defiant rage;
HIS Ma was nearly ninety-two,
And rather dressy for her age.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And then thy shores—thy rock bound shores,
Where giant cliffs arise,
Raising their untrod, unknown heights
Defiant to the skies,
"THe River Saguenay" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
The man, remorseful, thinks of how
Defiant thoughts reign'd wild and high,
The waves are mourning, sobbing now,
In peace, but yet in agony.
"By The Lake" by Thomas Frederick Young
The heart, with proud, defiant beats,
Re-echoes the triumphant roar,
And, as each wave its course retreats,
The pulse retires to beat once more.
"By The Lake" by Thomas Frederick Young
The gull screams wildly o'er the waves,
Defiant in its stormy glee;
It screams, perchance, o'er wat'ry graves
And recks not, heeds not, nor do we.
"By The Lake" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Defiant and unrepentant, Jerry Sandusky accused his victims of lodging "false allegations" against him in a taped jailhouse statement aired by a local radio station one day before he was set to be sentenced on 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada —a Bronx Democrat who had defiantly professed his innocence as a variety of criminal charges piled up against him—officially pleaded guilty to tax fraud today.
Defiant Loria rebuffs talk of Marlins' fire sale .
Defiant Boehner presses for ' fiscal cliff' cuts.
The Mets offered a collective defiant stance and brave words after dropping their fifth in a row Tuesday night.
He became known around the Castro as a neighborhood figure, and in 1982, he came out in Inside Sports magazine, where writer Michael J Smith" called the high five a "defiant symbol of gay pride.
Defiant Gazans hunker down, bury dead.
Defiant Gazans hunker down , bury dead.
PYONGYANG, North Korea — A satellite North Korea launched aboard a long-range rocket is orbiting normally, South Korean officials said Thursday, following a defiant liftoff that drew a wave of international condemnation.
Lance Armstrong's defiant Twitter photo shows him relaxing with seven yellow jerseys.
North Korea fires long -range rocket in defiant move, calls launch a success.
David Longstreth & (slightly different) company return for another sonic outing on uncharted, genre-defiant grounds.
Ex-media mogul Black defiant on UK satire show.
Ex-media mogul Conrad Black defiant on British satirical show, claims innocence.
North Korea fires long-range rocket in defiant move , calls launch a success.