in defiance

in defiance (of someone or something)

against someone's will or against instructions; in bold resistance to someone or someone's orders. Jane spent the afternoon in the park in defiance of her mother's instructions. She did it in defiance of her mother. She has done a number of things in defiance lately.
See also: defiance
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Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, the late king of Thebes, in defiance of Creon who rules in his stead, resolves to bury her brother Polyneices, slain in his attack on Thebes.
She puts into her pocket more than a third of the profits, in defiance of my most arduous exertions to prevent her.
Bingley from your sister, and the other, that I had, in defiance of various claims, in defiance of honour and humanity, ruined the immediate prosperity and blasted the prospects of Mr.
They called each other by their Christian name, were always arm in arm when they walked, pinned up each other's train for the dance, and were not to be divided in the set; and if a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.
The time will certainly come when that union will manifest itself as earthly and fallible; and the two disunited spirits, finding each other again, will become united here for the world beyond this--united, I tell you, in defiance of all human laws and of all human notions of right and wrong.
Shall not the French sink one of our steamers, or the English, in defiance of the rights of nations, hang a few of our countrymen?
The heinous nature of this offence must be sufficiently apparent to every Christian, inasmuch as it is committed in defiance of the laws of our religion, and of the express commands of Him who founded that religion.
It was not easy for a stout man like Gabriel to keep his legs at the street corners, or to make head against the high wind, which often fairly got the better of him, and drove him back some paces, or, in defiance of all his energy, forced him to take shelter in an arch or doorway until the fury of the gust was spent.
Possibly, in deference to the occasion, possibly, in defiance of the weather, the captain had taken another backward step toward the days of his youth.
headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group.
First Defiance Financial Corporation is the holding company for Defiance, Ohio-based First Federal Bank of the Midwest, with 36 banking centres in the region, and First Insurance and Investments with offices in Defiance and Bowling Green, Ohio.
Surveying the indigenous huts of plywood and assorted pieces of salvaged materials placed in defiance of gravity and rainstorms and common sense at the base of these denuded hillsides, the occasional news reports of death and destruction by mudslide become completely sensible finally, even inevitable.
First Insurance & Investments is a full line insurance agency with offices in Defiance and Bowling Green, Ohio.
on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at the Company's Operations Center at 25600 Elliott Road in Defiance, Ohio.