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Word: defiance

Definition: refusal to yield; resistance; V. defy; ADJ. defiant


Sentences Containing 'defiance'

Agathias explains Aligern's continued defiance by pointing to the strong defensive position of the city and an apparent "abundance of supplies".
But these forces increase as we go higher, so that we have a spiral which in defiance of reason rests upon the apex and not on the base.
Childers was responsible for the construction of HMS "Captain" in defiance of the advice of his professional advisers, the Controller (Robinson) and the Chief Constructor (Edward James Reed).
Cicero accuses him of setting the auspices at defiance, of offering violence to the consul Bibulus, of filling the forum with soldiers, and of crushing the veto of his colleagues in the tribunate by force of arms.
Colonel James Fannin was the commander of the Texan troops at Fort Defiance in late 1835 and early 1836.
Defiance and Elon continue to relate to the United Church of Christ today.
Defiance is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Broad Top Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in the United States.
Defiance, Ohio is an acoustic punk rock band from Columbus, OH.
Disposing these articles about him in skilful manner, he bestowed a parting defiance on Mrs. Cruncher, extinguished the light, and went out.
Don Antonio replied that he neither knew who he was nor whether the defiance was in joke or in earnest.
During the Battle of Brooklyn (also known as the Battle of Long Island), a fort was constructed on the "hoek" called "Fort Defiance".
Eventually, the "Kotwica" became a patriotic symbol of defiance against occupiers and was painted in a graffiti style on building walls.
For three hours during the day a loyalist helicopter was seen flying over the city, in defiance of the no-fly zone, spotting targets for the artillery.
Gainsborough's``Blue Boy,''although done in defiance of Reynolds'principle, is no contradiction of our rule, for although the boy has a blue dress all the rest of the picture is warm brown and so the balance is kept.
He sprang upon him at once, and placing the lance over his visor said to him, "You are vanquished, sir knight, nay dead unless you admit the conditions of our defiance."
Her attempts to cow him into submission — at first with threats and mild punishments, then with shock therapy — are unsuccessful, serving only to fuel his defiance.
However, despite their defeat, and simply for their defiance alone, Taira no Kiyomori ordered that revenge be taken upon the monks that opposed him.
I have merely to observe, that I am not aware that it is any business of theirs, and that I repel that exhibition of feeling with scorn, and with defiance!'
In the 17th century, a red flag signalled defiance.
In those moments, the torn, enraged waves he shakes off, seem his mane; in some cases, this breaching is his act of defiance.
It was not a reckless manner, the manner in which he said these words aloud under the fast sailing clouds, nor was it more expressive of negligence than defiance.
It would appear that gunfire from Fort Defiance did damage to the British ships.
Lesbians have over time claimed the black triangle as a symbol of defiance against repression and discrimination, and it is considered a counterpart to the gay pink triangle.
Less than a year later he was in "Wild Swan" as an able seaman, and later joined the Navy's torpedo school ship, "Defiance".
Murray's book "Murder in Samarkand - A British Ambassador's Controversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror" outlining his controversial period as an ambassador was finally published in 2006, but only after several battles.
My aunt smoothed her dress and shook her head, as if she smoothed defiance of the whole world out of the one, and shook it out of the other.
No attempt at defiance being made, however, her face gradually relaxed, and became so pleasant, that I was emboldened to kiss and thank her; which I did with great heartiness, and with both my arms clasped round her neck.
On April 10, one thousand Continentals took possession of both points and began constructing Fort Defiance which mounted one three pounder cannon and four eighteen pounders.
On those rare occasions when the proclamation authority was used in seeming defiance of local and congressional sentiment, Congress again retaliated.
Other notable members of the family include Maziar, the grandson of Vandad Hormozd, and whose devotion to Zoroastrianism and defiance of the Arabs brought him great fame.
Other vessels of this time were the Majestic and Defiance.
Pride, contempt, defiance, stubbornness, submission, lamentation, succeeded one another; so did varieties of sunken cheek, cadaverous color, emaciated hands and figures.
Richard Cromelin of "The LA Times" considered Jackson's advanced pursuit into sensual "pop porn" to be "an air of refreshing defiance", in comparison to "indulgent" and "gratuitous" attempts from other selected musicians.
She longed to know what at the moment was passing in his mind in what manner he thought of her, and whether, in defiance of everything, she was still dear to him.
Tamil Nadu aghast at the defiance, went back to the Supreme Court.
The book was famously distributed in the United States by Frances Steloff at the Gotham Book Mart, in defiance of the book ban.
The case being, then, that no one person can insult a kingdom, province, city, state, or entire community, it is clear there is no reason for going out to avenge the defiance of such an insult, inasmuch as it is not one.
The first stop for Luke is the Point Defiance Zoo.
The four were murdered as were millions of others, but their act of defiance and courage forced the Nazis to recognize them as individuals, as they wanted to make an example out of these four to make sure no one else would do what they did.
The Knight of the White Moon replied that it was a question of precedence of beauty; and briefly told him what he had said to Don Quixote, and how the conditions of the defiance agreed upon on both sides had been accepted.
The scene depicts a once-collaborative character as finally having summoned the courage to be in open defiance against a supreme government.
The union risked paying a high price for its defiance.
There are five employers in Defiance: Broad Top Township (local government and road maintenance), United States Postal Service, Tri County Petroleum, The Defiance Station Store and Deli, and the Defiance Elementary School branch of Tussey Mountain School District.
There were no Civil War battles fought in Illinois, but Cairo, at the juncture of the Ohio River with the Mississippi River, became an important Union supply base, protected by Camp Defiance.
These lines hint toward lyrical themes pertaining to relationship troubles as well as defiance.
They are named after the real town Defiance, Ohio.
While prophesying was actually part of the culture of Elizabethan England, for a woman to do this was an open display of defiance toward the authority that men derived from their gender.
With the majority of proprietors, the support even of the authority of their own court might sometimes be a matter of less consequence than the support of those who had set that authority at defiance.
Without returning the wish, Carton rose too, with something of a threat of defiance in his manner, and said,``A last word, Mr. Darnay: you think I am drunk?''
``Yes, I do want a notary,''motioned the old man, shutting his eyes with a look of defiance, which seemed to say,``and I should like to see the person who dares to refuse my request.''

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