What is another word for defiant?

Pronunciation: [dɪfˈa͡ɪ͡ənt] (IPA)

When it comes to synonyms for the word "defiant," there are quite a few options to choose from. One such synonym is "rebellious," which refers to an individual who actively resists or defies authority or societal norms. Another option is "unruly," which implies a lack of discipline or control and a tendency towards defiance. Similarly, "recalcitrant" suggests a stubborn or uncooperative attitude towards authority or rules. "Spirited" or "feisty" might also be used to describe a person with a determined, independent, and sometimes defiant personality. Ultimately, the choice of synonym will depend on the context and tone of the message being conveyed.

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What are the opposite words for defiant?

Defiant is an adjective that describes a rebellious and disobedient attitude or behavior. The antonyms for the word defiant includes compliance, obedience, submission, yielding, accommodating, amenable, docile, and respectful. Compliance refers to the act of following the guidelines or rules. Obedience implies a willingness to obey the authority or commands. Submission and yielding mean giving way to the authority or yielding to the superior's decision. Accommodating means adjusting oneself to someone else's wishes, and amenable means receptive to advice or suggestion. The word docile means easily managed or controlled, and respectful describes an attitude of recognition and admiration for authority or tradition.

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Usage examples for Defiant

He does not mean to awe them by a defiant look; He lets their own conscience do the work.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I"
Marcus Dods
There was something desperate, defiant in the look she now cast on him.
"Jane Oglander"
Marie Belloc Lowndes
She turned at his step a face drawn, white, and frozen into lines of pain, and looked at him with eyes that asked and yet were proudly defiant.
"The Locusts' Years"
Mary Helen Fee

Famous quotes with Defiant

  • Aggressive, tough and defiant may describe me, but that leaves the impression I'm mean and I'm not. People expect me to have fangs.
    Joan Jett
  • There is no more defiant denial of one man's ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to redeemed.
    Gail Sheehy
  • Not only the studying and writing of history but also the honoring of it both represent affirmations of a certain defiant faith-a desperate, unreasoning faith, if you will-but faith nevertheless in the endurance of this threatened world-faith in the total essentiality of historical continuity.
    George Frost Kennan
  • It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious middle temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half-naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the representative of the king-emperor.
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • The truly tragic kind of suffering is the kind produced and defiantly insisted upon by the hero himself so that, instead of making him better, it makes him worse and when he dies he is not reconciled to the law but defiant, that is, damned. Lear is not a tragic hero, Othello is.
    W. H. Auden

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