Definition of defiant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪənt//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪənt//
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openly refusing to obey somebody/something, sometimes in an aggressive way a defiant teenager The terrorists sent a defiant message to the government. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French défiant or directly from defiance.Word Familydefy verbdefiance noundefiant adjectiveExtra examples He had a slightly defiant air. Sylvia tossed back her dark hair in a gesture that was openly defiant. He was in a defiant mood, unwilling to give way to anyone. She had suddenly turned into a defiant teenager.
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