One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Open resistance; bold disobedience.‘an act of defiance’‘the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings’
resistance, opposition, confrontationView synonyms
- ‘The next day, a larger number of vendors swarmed the square in defiance of the authorities.’
- ‘This is in defiance of a government order that Tommy should be investigated for evading the law.’
- ‘It was a work created in defiance of official notions of good taste and Soviet political correctness.’
- ‘The workers acted in defiance of a Labor Ministry order for mandatory conciliation.’
- ‘Her eyes turned to Beatrice and locked in defiance of her former mistress.’
- ‘For one fleeting moment the world has acted together in defiance of the group, whose isolation is now exposed for all to see.’
- ‘I clamped them together around the brim of my hat, as if in defiance of them being taken.’
- ‘Any who fail are to be considered in defiance of This Council and dealt with accordingly.’
- ‘Some 5,000 caravans are thought to be on green field or protected land in defiance of planning laws.’
- ‘Any structures erected in defiance of this law would be demolished, he warned.’
- ‘The numbers of settlements and settlers continue to increase in defiance of the law.’
- ‘This growing support for the protests has come in defiance of Germany's official trade unions.’
- ‘The rally proceeded in defiance of threats of legal action by the government and a massive police presence.’
- ‘School boards outside Toronto are also edging toward budgeting in defiance of provincial laws.’
- ‘Still the sight of Cassandra's tears forced her to continue in defiance of the facts.’
Middle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier ‘defy’.
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