defiance


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Synonyms for defiance

Synonyms for defiance

behavior or an act that is intentionally provocative

the disposition boldly to defy or resist authority or an opposing force

Synonyms for defiance

intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude

a hostile challenge

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a defiant act

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The music also of the challengers breathed from time to time wild bursts expressive of triumph or defiance, while the clowns grudged a holiday which seemed to pass away in inactivity; and old knights and nobles lamented in whispers the decay of martial spirit, spoke of the triumphs of their younger days, but agreed that the land did not now supply dames of such transcendent beauty as had animated the jousts of former times.
At length, as the Saracenic music of the challengers concluded one of those long and high flourishes with which they had broken the silence of the lists, it was answered by a solitary trumpet, which breathed a note of defiance from the northern extremity.
To extricate himself from the stirrups and fallen steed, was to the Templar scarce the work of a moment; and, stung with madness, both at his disgrace and at the acclamations with which it was hailed by the spectators, he drew his sword and waved it in defiance of his conqueror.
Without alighting from his horse, the conqueror called for a bowl of wine, and opening the beaver, or lower part of his helmet, announced that he quaffed it, ``To all true English hearts, and to the confusion of foreign tyrants.'' He then commanded his trumpet to sound a defiance to the challengers, and desired a herald to announce to them, that he should make no election, but was willing to encounter them in the order in which they pleased to advance against him.
He had no doubt reported that Nicholas was in a state of extreme bodily fear; for when that young gentleman walked with much deliberation down to the theatre next morning at the usual hour, he found all the company assembled in evident expectation, and Mr Lenville, with his severest stage face, sitting majestically on a table, whistling defiance.
'But they shall not protect ye!' said the tragedian, taking an upward look at Nicholas, beginning at his boots and ending at the crown of his head, and then a downward one, beginning at the crown of his head, and ending at his boots--which two looks, as everybody knows, express defiance on the stage.
This very day I will send him my cartel and defiance."
They called each other by their Christian name, were always arm in arm when they walked, pinned up each other's train for the dance, and were not to be divided in the set; and if a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.
Add to this her short nose, her plump cheeks that set wrinkles at defiance, her white hair dressed in stiff little curls; and, if a doll could grow old, Lady Lydiard, at sixty, would have been the living image of that doll, taking life easily on its journey downwards to the prettiest of tombs, in a burial-ground where the myrtles and roses grew all the year round.
La defiance constructive est la manifestation du desir de democratiser la constitution non ecrite en inscrivant officiellement les regles du jeu dans la constitution.
Sci-fi MMO Defiance on PC will be introducing a free-to-play model on June 4, just in time for the game's second season, Trion Worlds has announced.
Defiance College in northwestern Ohio has fielded a baseball team since 1905.
Louisville, KY, September 22, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Author Gary Beck is proud to announce the recent release of his novel Acts of Defiance. Acts of Defiance is a fiction novel that explores the lifelong friendship and adventures of two boys.
The Gladiator star was given a couple of hours off from shooting Defiance to catch the Champions League game on TV.
IF nothing else, you have to admire Defiance's ambition.