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To set at defiance

 

Defiance "De*fi"ance", n. [OF. defiance, desfiance, challenge,
fr. desfier to challenge, F. d['e]fier. See .]
1. The act of defying, putting in opposition, or provoking to
combat; a challenge; a provocation; a summons to combat.

A war without a just defiance made. —Dryden.

Stood for her cause, and flung defiance down.
 —Tennyson.

2. A state of opposition; willingness to flight; disposition
to resist; contempt of opposition.

He breathed defiance to my ears. —Shak.

3. A casting aside; renunciation; rejection. [Obs.]
``Defiance to thy kindness.'' —Ford.

, , to defy; to
disregard recklessly or contemptuously. —Locke.
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