Definition of defiance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪəns//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪəns//
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open refusal to obey somebody/something a look/an act/a gesture of defiance Nuclear testing was resumed in defiance of an international ban. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier ‘defy’.Word Familydefy verbdefiance noundefiant adjectiveExtra examples I left the room untidy out of sheer defiance. She held up a clenched fist in defiance. They organized a street demonstration in complete defiance of the government ban. blatant defiance of the rules She held up a clenched fist in a gesture of defiance.
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