defiance

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From Old French defiance, from défiant (present participle of défier).

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defiance (countable and uncountable, plural defiances)

  1. 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.

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