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Confrontational TonePlay
Defiant often includes the nuance of confrontational or challenging behaviors towards authority. SlideHis defiant reply to the teacher landed him in detention.
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Resolute StancePlay
Being defiant can also imply standing firm on one's beliefs, despite pressure to do otherwise. SlideDespite the criticism, she remained defiant about her decision.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Using defiant suggests a negative judgment of someone's refusal to follow rules or authority. SlideThe child's defiant behavior frustrated his parents.