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Definition of the noun defiance

What does defiance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: defiances

  1. intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude
  2. a hostile challenge
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: challenge = a call to engage in a contest or fight
  3. a defiant act
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: resistance = group action in opposition to those in power

Alternative definition of the noun defiance


  1. The feeling, or spirit of being defiant.


  1. "Defiance" is a 2008 World War II era film written, produced and directed by Edward Zwick, set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by three Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the Second World War. The film stars Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski, Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski and George MacKay as Aron Bielski. The film is an adaptation of Nechama Tec's book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans.
  2. Defiance is an American science fiction television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions, in transmedia collaboration with Trion Worlds, who have released an MMORPG video game of the same name which is tied in to the series.
  3. "Defiance" is a 1980 American film starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Art Carney, and Theresa Saldana.
  4. "Defiance" is a film, directed by Doveed Linder.


  1. "Defiance" is a play by American playwright John Patrick Shanley. It ran Off-Broadway in 2006.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  2. "Defiance" is a book by Nechama Tec.
    • also known as "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans"
    • subjects: Asia, Israel, Belarus
  3. "Defiance" is a book by Carole Maso.
    • also known as "Defiance: a novel"
    • genre: Fiction
    • subjects: Harvard University, Massachusetts, Murder
    • released in (18 years ago)


"Defiance" is a science fiction-themed persistent world massively multiplayer online third-person shooter developed by Trion Worlds. Defiance takes place on a terraformed Earth several decades into the future. It is a tie-in to the Syfy show of the same name. The game was released on April 2, 2013, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was also released on Steam. The game went free-to-play on 4 June 2014 for PC and is scheduled to do the same 15 July 2014 for PS3 and Xbox 360.

  • mode: Multiplayer video game
  • publisher: Trion Worlds
  • released on


  1. "Defiance" a.k.a. "Defiance (Deluxe Edition)" is a musical album of Bear McCreary.
  2. "Defiance" is a musical album of James Newton Howard, soundtrack.
    • also known as Defiance Soundtrack
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Defiance" is Deströyer 666's fourth full-length studio album.
  4. "Defiance" is the fourth album by heavy metal band Jack Starr's Burning Starr. Released in 2009 by Magic Circle Music.
  5. "Defiance" is Assemblage 23's third studio album, released through Metropolis Records and Accession Records in October 2002. The album contains the song "Document," released as a single prior to the release of Defiance. The album received high appraisal from electronic music magazine ReGen.
  6. "Defiance" is the second album by the female-fronted industrial metal act Lahannya.
  7. "Defiance": Defiance is the self-titled debut EP by the American anarcho street punk band Defiance, released on Consensus Reality Records on 1994.
  8. "Defiance" is a musical album of Kyrb Grinder.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  9. "Defiance" is a musical album of Dead Moon.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  10. "Defiance" is a musical album of American Psycho.
    • released on
  11. "Defiance" is a musical album of Pro-jekt.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  12. "Defiance" is a musical EP of All That's Left.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  13. "Defiance" is a musical album of Project Steiger.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  14. "Defiance" is a musical album of Beyond Cure.
  15. "Defiance" is a musical EP of Chemist.


  1. Defiance was a thrash metal band from Oakland, California. They played a decidedly technical style of thrash originally evoking bands like Testament, though they would later move on to playing in their own unique, more progressive thrash style. After dissolving in 1995, they reformed in 2005 and released their fourth studio album The Prophecy in late 2009. However, they broke up again in 2012.
  2. Defiance are an American anarcho street punk band from Portland, Oregon formed in 1993. Their discography includes five E.P.s, four full-lengths, and one album of out of print and rare songs. They have been cited as major influences on bands such as Anti-Flag and The Unseen.

There are other groups with in their name, like Civil Defiance, Point Defiance, Mood of Defiance, Absolute Defiance and Method of Defiance.


  1. Defiance is a city in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio, in Defiance County, about 55 miles southwest of Toledo. The population was 16,494 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Defiance County.
  2. Defiance is a city in Shelby County, Iowa, United States, along the West Branch of the West Nishnabotna River. The population was 284 at the 2010 census.
  3. Defiance is an unincorporated community in Saint Charles County, Missouri.
  4. Defiance is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Broad Top Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The village was home to 239 residents, as of the 2010 census. It is located along Six Mile Run Road.
  5. Defiance a.k.a. Defiance, Kentucky: Defiance is an unincorporated community located in Perry County, Kentucky, United States.

There are other places with in their name, like Fort Defiance, Defiance College, Defiance Township, Point Defiance Park, Fort Defiance High School, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.


  1. Defiance was a yacht built by George Owen for a syndicate of New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston sportsmen headed by George M. Pynchon to compete in the trials to select the defender for the 1914 America's Cup. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 caused the Cup races for that year to be delayed until 1920.
  2. Defiance: The steamboat Defiance operated in the early 1900s as part of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet. In later years this vessel was called Kingston.
  3. Defiance is a 2006 theater production of the play by John Patrick Shanley.
    • award: - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play nomination for Margaret Colin

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Defiance

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Google previewDefiance in the Family (2013)

Finding Hope in Therapy by David V. Keith, Gary M. Connell, Linda C. Connell

The family is the arena for loss of faith and bold resistance, the collapse of fealty we call defiance. Defiance is disrnptive and destrnctive; it nrges a snppressing response. Defiance is a call for repair and, while harslmess is sometimes reqnired, ...

Google previewFreedom of the Self (2010)

Kenosis, Cultural Identity, and Mission at the Crossroads by Jeffrey F. Keuss

As we shall discuss in this chapter, this turn toward embracing diversity as part of God's character and therefore living ethically within communities of loving defiance is a call to ethics that has awakened in twentyfirst century culture not an ...

Google previewYour Defiant Child, First Edition (2011)

Eight Steps to Better Behavior by Russell A. Barkley, Christine M. Benton

RE CAP: THE PROBLEM Defiance is a distressing behavior problem that takes many forms but is defined in general by a child's failure to comply with commands and requests, to follow through on assigned tasks, and to follow rules clearly ...

Google previewPissing on Demand (2004)

Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry by Ken D. Tunnell

The defiance is a short-cut probably driven by hedonism as much as anything (as may well be the case with other forms of resistance described here). But the politics of the behavior cannot be summarily dismissed. A service is being provided ...

Google previewHow to Defeat Your Own Clone (2010)

And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyle Kurpinski

Adolescent defiance is a normal human emotion and a critical part of developing one's individuality. Given that your clone is even more similar to you than you are to your parents, the chance for rebellion is high, especially since your face will ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Defiance is the instrument 9. mode of . In plants, these transplantation. o: as challenge; any expression of enmity, abhor- barley into oats, of wheat into darnell ; and to grains which generally arise among corn, as cockle, rence, or contempt.

Google previewThe Ohio Gazetteer; Or, Topographical Dictionary (1829)

Describing the Several Counties, Towns ... &c., in the State of Ohio by John Kilbourn

Fort Amanda, a military post, near the source of Great Au Glaize river, on the rout from Cincinnati to fort Defiance. It is 49 miles north by east from Greenville, and 129 north from Cincinnati. - Fort Brown, another military post, 16 miles southerly ...

Google previewSharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle (2011)

Language of Civil Resistance in Conflicts by Gene Sharp

DEFIANCE. Determined, bold *disobedience and assertive refusal to obey *commands, orders, or *policies. DEFIANCE OF BLOCKADE. *Nonviolent * defiance ofa hostile *blockade imposed by the threat or use of*military, naval, ...

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Small photo of BARCELONA - OCTOBER 1: Unidentified people vote in referendum on Catalonia independence, in defiance of the Spanish government, on October 1, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.Small photo of BARCELONA - OCTOBER 1: Unidentified people wating to vote in referendum on Catalonia independence, in defiance of the Spanish government, on October 1, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.Small photo of BARCELONA - OCTOBER 1: Unidentified people wating to vote in referendum on Catalonia independence, in defiance of the Spanish government, on October 1, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.Small photo of Man observing an old fortress in front of him, as a sort of defiance. Italian Castle, placed in Emilia Romagna region.Small photo of Man observing an old fortress in front of him, as a sort of defiance. Italian Castle, placed in Emilia Romagna region.Small photo of Man observing an old fortress in front of him, as a sort of defiance. Italian Castle, placed in Emilia Romagna region.Small photo of Man observing an old fortress in front of him, as a sort of defiance. Italian Castle, placed in Emilia Romagna region. More...

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A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. (Abraham J. Heschel)
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Scrabble value of D2E1F4I1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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