From Old French defiance, from défiant (present participle of défier).
defiance (countable and uncountable, plural defiances)
- The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.
1922, Ben Travers, chapter 6, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.
the feeling of being defiant