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Meaning of DEFIANT

Pronunciation:  di'fIunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; "brought up to be aggressive and defiant"; "a defiant attitude"
 

DEFIANT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: insubordinate, noncompliant, obstreperous, recalcitrant, resistant, resistive
 
 Antonyms: compliant
 
 See Also: disobedient, intractable, unmanageable, unwilling

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\De*fi"ant\, a. [Cf. F. d['e]fiant, p. pr. of d['e]fier.
See {Defy}.]
Full of defiance; bold; insolent; as, a defiant spirit or
act.

      In attitude stern and defiant.           --Longfellow.
-- {De*fi"ant*ly}, adv. -- {De*fi"ant*ness}, n.



 
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