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167. Defiance

  1. Becket, Thomasà (c. 11181170 ) uncompromisingly defended the rights of the Church against King Henry II. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2735]
  2. Mahon, Christopher defies his father twice, knocking him out with a blow on the head. [Irish Drama: J. M. Synge The Playboy of the Western World in Magill I, 758]
  3. Man for All Seasons, A Sir Thomas More (14781535) refuses to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the church. [Br. Hist.: Benét, 686; Br. Drama: Robert Bolt A Man for All Seasons in On Stage, 439]
  4. Tell, William Swiss patriot refused to salute the Austrian governors cap. [Swiss Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 885]

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Defiance

Defiance, city (1990 pop. 16,768), seat of Defiance co., NW Ohio, at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee rivers, in a farm area; settled 1790, inc. 1836. Its manufactures include machinery and food, fabricated-metal, and glass products. Gen. Anthony Wayne built Fort Defiance in 1794. Defiance College is in the city. A Johnny Appleseed festival is held annually.

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defiance

defiance declaration of hostilities XIV; challenge to combat XV; setting at nought XVIII. — (O)F. défiance (now only ‘distrust’), f. défier DEFY; see -ANCE.
Hence defiant XIX.

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defiance

de·fi·ance / diˈfīəns/ • n. open resistance; bold disobedience.

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defiance

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