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Definition of defiance:

  1. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection.
  2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition.
  3. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.


militancy, rebellion, feistiness, disputatiousness, disobedience, aggressiveness, refractoriness, frowardness, quarrelsomeness, unruliness, contumacy, breach, nonobservance, militance, pugnacity, militantness, provocation, intractability, despite, noncompliance, insurgence, resist, contentiousness, combativeness, belligerency, infraction, willfulness, bellicosity, recalcitrancy, obstreperousness, aggression, non-compliance, scrappiness, waywardness, truculence, contempt, assaultiveness.

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