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DEFIANCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defiance mean? 

DEFIANCE (noun)
  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 


DEFIANCE (noun)


Sense 1defiance [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

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]

Meaning:

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]

Meaning:

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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