defiant

Have you ever seen a picture of a protester who is about to be carried off by police but is still shouting or resisting, fighting to the bitter end? That person is defiant.

Someone who is defiant is bold, even in the face of defeat. A defiant person is usually fighting a powerful enemy. People who protest in countries controlled by dictators are defiant. Rosa Parks was defiant when she refused to give up her seat on the bus, even though the law at that time dictated that black people had to stand when whites needed a seat. Small children are defiant too, sometimes over nothing more than a request to share their toys.

DEFINITIONS OF: defiant

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adj boldly resisting authority or an opposing force

“brought up to be aggressive and defiant
“a defiant attitude”
Synonyms:
noncompliant
insubordinate, resistant, resistive
disposed to or engaged in defiance of established authority
obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly defiant
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to authority
difficult, unmanageable
hard to control
disobedient
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
insubordinate
not submissive to authority
intractable
not tractable; difficult to manage or mold
unwilling
not disposed or inclined toward
Antonyms:
compliant
disposed or willing to comply
amenable, conformable
disposed or willing to comply
lamblike
like a lamb in meekness and gentleness
nonresistant
offering no resistance
manageable
capable of being managed or controlled
obedient
dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
manipulable, tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
willing
disposed or inclined toward
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