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.
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To extricate himself from the stirrups and fallen steed, was to the Templar scarce the work of a moment; and, stung with madness, both at his disgrace and at the acclamations with which it was hailed by the spectators, he drew his sword and waved it in defiance of his conqueror.
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.
First Defiance Financial, headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest, First Insurance Group and Corporate One Benefits.
Headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, First Defiance Financial Corp.
But in defiance of the High Court orders they arrived in Islamabad and what followed is known not only to the people of Pakistan but the whole world.
The latest combined exercise is part of strong military action from the two allies after Pyongyang test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early Tuesday in defiance of international sanctions.
The company, headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group.
At 11:45 am Sunday, June 4, the Defiance College baseball team boarded the train in Defiance for the trip to Iowa.
The attempt to extend protests came in defiance of the interior ministry calling on Morsi supporters to leave the Rab Al-Adaweya and Nahda Square camps, which it has described as "a threat to national security.
North Korea's top governing body warns that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of UN punishment, and makes clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.
INS said that the activists "jeopardized the safe operations of the Atlantic Osprey, put their own lives at risk and, we believe, acted in defiance of international maritime law and German law.
New features in Defiance DPS (Data Protection System) are said to include: encryption at the table or column level for IBM Mainframe DB/2; maximum control of security at the application level providing integration of encryption with existing systems; easy integration with third party applications' existing security functionality; expanded support for hardware-based key management using SafeNet's Hardware Security Modules (HSMs).
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.