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1. defiant

adjective. ['dɪˈfaɪənt'] boldly resisting authority or an opposing force.

Synonyms

  • disobedient
  • insubordinate
  • resistant
  • unwilling
  • obstreperous
  • intractable
  • noncompliant
  • unmanageable
  • resistive
  • recalcitrant

Antonyms

  • subordinate
  • obedient
  • compliant
  • manageable
  • willing

Etymology

  • défiant (French)

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Rhymes with Defiant

  • supergiant
  • compliant
  • reliant
  • obryant
  • o'bryant
  • obriant
  • o'briant
  • pliant
  • client
  • bryant
  • briant
  • alliant
  • wyant
  • wiant
  • giant

Sentences with defiant


1. Adjective
By learning why an employee is defiant, you are better able to take steps to correct his behavior.

2. Noun, singular or mass
A defiant dog also points to one with dominance issues.

Quotes about defiant


1. Most kids start talking by age two. I didn't say a word until I was twelve. I was just angry and defiant I guess. My first word wasn't "Mom"or "Dad."It was "No.
- Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

2. Beware:Ignorance Protects itself.IgnorancePromotes suspicion.SuspicionEngenders fear.Fear quails,Irrational and blind,Or fear looms,Defiant and closed.Blind, closed,Suspicious, afraid,IgnoranceProtects itself,And protected,Ignorance grows.
- Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

3. I preach that odd defiant melancholy that sees the dreadful loneliness of the human soul and the pitiful disaster of human life as ever redeemable and redeemed by compassion, friendship and love.
- John Derbyshire, Fire from the Sun

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