Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “defiant”

defiant

adjective uk   /dɪˈfaɪ.ənt/ us  
proudly refusing to obey authority: a defiant attitude/gesture The protesters blocking the entrance to the offices remained defiant this morning. not willing to accept criticism or disapproval: The prime minister was in defiant mood in the House of Commons.
defiantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
A group of prisoners stood on the roof, defiantly waving banners.
(Definition of defiant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of defiant?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Opposing & against, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing opposition & disapproval topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “defiant” in other dictionaries

SMART Thesaurus: Disobedient

“defiant”: synonyms and related words:

You can also find related words, phrases, and synonyms in the topics:

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More