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synonyms for defiance

  • confrontation
  • contempt
  • opposition
  • provocation
  • rebellion
  • spite
  • affront
  • audacity
  • boldness
  • bravado
  • brazenness
  • call
  • cartel
  • challenge
  • command
  • contrariness
  • contumacy
  • dare
  • effrontery
  • gas
  • guts
  • impudence
  • insolence
  • insubordination
  • insurgence
  • insurgency
  • intractableness
  • lip
  • muster
  • order
  • perversity
  • rebelliousness
  • recalcitrance
  • revolt
  • sass
  • stump
  • summons
  • temerity
  • unruliness
  • back talk
  • big talk
  • defy
  • enjoinder
  • factiousness
  • hot air
  • impugnment
  • throwing of the gauntlet
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antonyms for defiance

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  • calm
  • harmony
  • love
  • peace
  • answer
  • care
  • caution
  • cowardice
  • fear
  • humility
  • modesty
  • timidity
  • acquiescence
  • obedience
  • regard
  • respect
  • submission
  • subordination
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How to use defiance in a sentence

Cuomo warned the state would withhold funding from any school that remained open in defiance of the shutdown.
NEW YORK’S BLOCK-BY-BLOCK LOCKDOWNS ARE CURBING COVID-19. BUT RESIDENTS AREN’T PLEASED.BEN GUARINONOVEMBER 8, 2020WASHINGTON POST
If there were ballots that were left behind by the Postal Service in defiance of the court order, they’re going to be found.
FOR THE POSTAL SERVICE, A FRANTIC ELECTION DAY TURNS TO FINGER-POINTING THE DAY AFTERBY MARYAM JAMEEL AND RYAN MCCARTHYNOVEMBER 5, 2020PROPUBLICA
Despite prodigious yo-yoing due to scrapes with securities regulators, missed deadlines, and defiance of pandemic-driven health laws, Tesla market capitalization is about $400 billion.
DOES ELON MUSK EVEN NEED A PR DEPARTMENT?ADAM LASHINSKYOCTOBER 8, 2020FORTUNE
Those who operate in defiance of the state rules could face fines, possibly the loss of their license.
SACRAMENTO REPORT: STATE AUDIT KNOCKS SAN DIEGO AGENCY’S USE OF VEHICLE FEESVOICE OF SAN DIEGOJULY 17, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
In 2014, California banned school districts from using willful defiance as a reason to suspend young students in kindergarten through third grade, and from expelling any K-12 student for willful defiance alone.
SCHOOL LEADERS CAN’T SUSPEND THE DISCIPLINE DISCUSSION ANY LONGERWILL HUNTSBERRYJULY 16, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
Two of the artillerymen who had not been injured came to his assistance, and again the gun was thundering forth its defiance.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
Others now rushed to the rescue, the artillery men came back, and once more the guns were thundering their defiance.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
It would have been a sort of review—in the face of the city of Dublin, in open defiance of all order and government.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
From its strongly fortified position Havana set the buccaneers at defiance, and sometimes saved the whole island from ruin.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
Madame had risen hastily, fear and defiance blending in her face, and she had at once commanded mademoiselle's withdrawal.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
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WORDS RELATED TO DEFIANCE

  • assurance
  • audaciousness
  • brass
  • cheek
  • chutzpah
  • cockiness
  • crust
  • defiance
  • disrespectfulness
  • effrontery
  • forwardness
  • gall
  • guts
  • gutsiness
  • hardiness
  • impertinence
  • impudence
  • insolence
  • moxie
  • nerve
  • rudeness
  • shamelessness
  • spunk
  • stuff
  • temerity
  • bucking
  • conflict
  • confutation
  • contravention
  • defiance
  • denial
  • difference
  • disagreement
  • discrepancy
  • dispute
  • dissension
  • incongruity
  • inconsistency
  • negation
  • opposite
  • opposition
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