Pronunciation of Defiant
/dɪfˈa͡ɪ͡ənt/, /dɪfˈa‍ɪ‍ənt/, /d_ɪ_f_ˈaɪə_n_t/

Synonyms for defiant:

Sense 2

lawless, uncontrollable, contumacious.



Other synonyms and related words:

pugnacious, willful, obstreperous, uncontrollable, restive, noncompliant, resistive, Incompliant, lawless, refractory, contumacious, rebel.

all (adjective)


brave (adjective)

dauntless, stalwart, gallant, chivalrous, heroic, intrepid, fearless, confident, courageous, valorous, stouthearted, undaunted, hardy, valiant, bold, unafraid, brave.

counteractive (adjective)

challenging, opposing, Neutralizing, contradictory, counteractive.

defiant (adjective)

insolent, conflicting, dissenting, daring, challenging, stubborn, confrontational, recalcitrant, obstinate, insubordinate, rebellious, factious, audacious, resistant, insurgent, bold.

disobedient (adjective)

unmanageable, subversive, ungovernable, treacherous, mischievous, disloyal, undisciplined, factious, traitorous, treasonous, seditious, recalcitrant, Misbehaving, nonconformist, Disregardful, insubordinate, anarchistic, wayward, intractable, unruly, contrary, Disobeying, mutinous, rebellious, out of control, disobedient.

disobedient, disregardful (adjective)

recalcitrant, bold, daring, obstinate, mutinous, resistive, refractory, audacious, contumacious, insubordinate, insolent, challenging, resistant, rebellious.

insolent (adjective)

presumptuous, impertinent, outspoken, insolent, cheeky, bold, outrageous, brazen, impolite, irreverent, flagrant, disrespectful, mouthy, derisive, saucy, callous, arrogant, sacrilegious, candid, rude, audacious, sarcastic, contemptuous, discourteous, insubordinate, brash.

oppositional (adjective)

Repulsing, Resisting, impeding, oppositional, challenging, Suppressing, protesting, repelling, conflicting, confrontational, antagonizing, crossing, inhibiting, repressing, Counteracting, hindering, Objecting, Rebuffing, counterattacking, interfering, contradictory, Disputing, obstructive.

resistant (adjective)


uncontrolled (adjective)


unwilling (adjective)

unconsenting, contrary, opposed, Resisting, balky, recalcitrant, unhelpful, unwilling, disinclined, hesitant, averse, irreconcilable, reluctant, unyielding, obstinate, loath, noncooperative, uncomplying, stubborn, squeamish, indisposed, non-consenting, uncooperative.

Sense 1 (noun)

lawless, uncontrollable.

Sense 2 (noun)


defiant (noun)

resistant, obstreperous, noncompliant, resistive, insubordinate, recalcitrant.

Usage examples for defiant:

  • He was no longer erect, fiery, defiant. - "Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee", John Esten Cooke.

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