Defiance

De*fi"ance

(?), n. [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier to challenge, F. dfier. See Defy.] 1. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.
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A war without a just defiance made.
Dryden.
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Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down.
Tennyson.
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2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition.
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He breathed defiance to my ears.
Shak.
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3. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. [Obs.] "Defiance to thy kindness." Ford.
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To bid defiance, To set at defiance, to defy; to disregard recklessly or contemptuously. Locke.
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