De*fi"ance (?), n. [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge, fr. desfier to challenge, F. d'efier. See Defy.]
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.
Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down.
A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition to resist; contempt of opposition.
He breathed defiance to my ears.
A casting aside; renunciation; rejection.
to thy kindness."
To bid defiance, To set at defiance, to defy; to disregard recklessly or contemptuously.
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