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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.

Synonyms:

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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