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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·fi·ance n.
 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.