[ US /dɪˈfaɪəns/ ]
[ UK /dɪfˈa‍ɪ‍əns/ ]
  1. a hostile challenge
  2. intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
  3. a defiant act
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How To Use defiance In A Sentence

  • Following his defiance, KSM was subjected to a number of coercive interrogation techniques besides being waterboarded the 183 times: he was kept up for seven and a half days straight while diapered and shackled, and he was told that his kids, who were now being held in American custody, would be killed. The Longest War
  • Her poetic styles vary from haiku to streetwise dramatic monologue, using the conventions of ‘standard’ English, as well as the defiance of Ebonics.
  • In defiance of the ceasefire, rebel troops are again firing on the capital.
  • The two leaders had earlier led a march of hundreds of demonstrators in defiance of a government ban on protest rallies or gatherings of more than four people.
  • I won't be surprised if the striking ‘colonels’ have been generously compensated for their brazen defiance of military norms.
  • The publishers signed up in defiance of the royal charter, which they say could allow politicians to interfere in press freedom. Times, Sunday Times
  • Spontaneous, full of life, and unbound by the conventional mores and laws of society, Carmen embodies the heroic defiance of free spirit, desire, and natural instinct over the social rules governing modernity.
  • And the issue is this -- starting from the contemptuous defiance of the scriptural doctrine upon the necessity of making provision for poverty as an indispensable element in civil communities, the economy of the age has lowered its tone by graduated descents, in each one successively of the four last _decennia_. Theological Essays and Other Papers — Volume 1
  • Walton, imagining that his discomposure was the consequence of guilty fear, called upon him to remember the duties which he owed to England, the benefits which he had received from himself, and the probable consequence of taking part in a pert boy's insolent defiance of the power of the governor of the province. Waverley Novels — Volume 12
  • This sustained defiance of the elements provoked occasional judgments in the shape of a "hoast" (cough), and the head of the house was then exhorted by his women folk to "change his feet" if he had happened to walk through a burn on his way home, and was pestered generally with sanitary precautions. Stories by English Authors: Scotland (Selected by Scribners)
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