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Meaning of “defiance” in the English Dictionary

"defiance" in British English

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defiancenoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪ.əns/
behaviour in which you ​refuse to ​obey someone or something: The ​demonstration is a ​pointless act/​gesture of defiance against the ​government. In defiance of the ​ceasefire, ​rebeltroops are again ​firing on the ​capital.
(Definition of defiance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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defiancenoun [U]

 us   /dɪˈfɑɪ·əns/
proud and ​determinedopposition against ​authority or against someone more ​powerful than you are: They are ​continuing to ​publishtheirnewspaper, in defiance of ​governmentattempts to ​close it down.
(Definition of defiance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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