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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defiance mean? 

  The noun DEFIANCE has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: DEFIANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1defiance [BACK TO TOP]


Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


defiance; rebelliousness

Hypernyms ("defiance" is a kind of...):

intractability; intractableness (the trait of being hard to influence or control)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "defiance"):

insubordination (defiance of authority)

obstreperousness (noisy defiance)

Sense 2defiance [BACK TO TOP]


A hostile challenge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("defiance" is a kind of...):

challenge (a call to engage in a contest or fight)

Sense 3defiance [BACK TO TOP]


A defiant act

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("defiance" is a kind of...):

resistance (group action in opposition to those in power)

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