Defiant De*fi"ant, a. [Cf. F. d['e]fiant, p. pr. of d['e]fier. See {Defy}.] Full of defiance; bold; insolent; as, a defiant spirit or act. [1913 Webster]

In attitude stern and defiant. --Longfellow. -- {De*fi"ant*ly}, adv. -- {De*fi"ant*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • defiantness — noun The state or quality of being defiant …   Wiktionary

  • defiantness — defīˈantness noun (rare) • • • Main Entry: ↑defiance …   Useful english dictionary

  • defiant — defiantly, adv. defiantness, n. /di fuy euhnt/, adj. characterized by defiance; boldly resistant or challenging: a defiant attitude. [1830 40; < F défiant, OF, prp. of defier to DEFY; see ANT] Syn. insubordinate, contumacious, refractory,… …   Universalium

  • insubordination — n 1. defiance, defiantness, rebelliousness, mutinousness, insurrectionalism, revolu tionariness, seditiousness, insurgence, riotousness. 2. rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, revolt, uprising, revolution, sedition, insurgency; riot, disorder,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • intractability — n 1. intractableness, indocility, unsubmissiveness, insubmission, incompliance, incompli ancy, uncooperativeness, nonconformity; stubbornness, obstinateness, obstinacy, pervicaciousness, pig head edness, mulishness, obdurateness, hard headedness …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • defiant — /dəˈfaɪənt/ (say duh fuyuhnt) adjective characterised by defiance, bold opposition, or antagonism. {French, present participle of défier defy} –defiantly, adverb –defiantness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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