de·fi·ance /dɪˈfaɪən(t)s, di-/
1. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.
A war without a just defiance made. --Dryden.
Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down. --Tennyson.
2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition.
He breathed defiance to my ears. --Shak.
3. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. [Obs.] “Defiance to thy kindness.”
To bid defiance, To set at defiance, to defy; to disregard recklessly or contemptuously.
n 1: intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude [syn: rebelliousness]
2: a hostile challenge
3: a defiant act