See also: défiance

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French defiance, from défiant (present participle of défier).

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defiance ‎(countable and uncountable, plural defiances)

  1. The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 6, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.
  2. Open or bold resistance to or disregard for authority, opposition, or power.
  3. A challenging attitude or behaviour; challenge.

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