defiance defiance  /dɪ ˈfaɪ əns/


  1. (n) intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
  2. (n) a hostile challenge
  3. (n) a defiant act

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  1. Ours is a nation of anger and defiance.
  2. Luciano was a tough teenage hoodlum on the Lower East Side when his gang targeted a skinny Jewish kid whose bold defiance won their respect.
  3. Darrin Bush Las Vegas New Bureau AP The Encore, which opened officially in January, stands like a luxurious monument of defiance to the recession.


  1. Defiance pitcher shuts down JA during state title game By VIRG RANKIN

    Pictured left - Jonathan Alder shortstop Luke Nees (right) is shown after fielding a grounder up the middle and beating a Defiance runner to the second base bag. Backing up the play is second baseman Brad Miller.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Marysville Journal-Tribune

  2. ‘Defiance’ recap- 'I Just Wasn't Made for These Times'

    This episode, entitled “I Just Wasn't Made for These Times,” was the oddest episode of Defiance 's first season. read more
    on June 12, 2013     Source:

  3. Defiance celebrates state title

    Baseball hotbed Defiance capped off the best season in the high school’s history late Saturday night by closing with an 8-2 victory over Plain City Jonathan Alder in the Division II state championship game at Huntington Park in Columbus.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Toledo Blade


  1. John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN and ex-undersecretary of state in charge of the North Korean nuclear dossier, called the launch "essentially an act of defiance against the Security Council."
    on Apr 3, 2009 By: John Bolton Source:

  2. "The Iranian people are good, honest, decent people and they've got a government that is belligerent, loud, noisy, threatening _ a government which is in defiance of the rest of the world and says, 'We want a nuclear weapon,'" Bush said. "So...
    on Feb 12, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Washington Post

  3. New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. who oversees New York City retirement system assets, said: "Exxon Mobil has long evinced a culture of defiance and indifference to many important concerns of long-term shareholders. The company can...
    on May 21, 2008 By: William C Thompson Source:

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