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city (1990 pop. 16,768), seat of Defiance co., NW Ohio, at the confluence of the Auglaize and Maumee rivers, in a farm area; settled 1790, inc. 1836. Its manufactures include machinery and food, fabricated-metal, and glass products. Gen. Anthony WayneWayne, Anthony,
1745–96, American Revolutionary general, b. Chester co., Pa. Impetuous and hot-headed, Wayne was sometimes known as "mad Anthony," but he was an able general. Early Career

Not inclined toward academic studies, Wayne became a surveyor in 1763.
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 built Fort Defiance in 1794. Defiance College is in the city. A Johnny Appleseed festival is held annually.


Becket, Thomasà
(c. 1118–1170) uncompromisingly defended the rights of the Church against King Henry II. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 2735]
Mahon, Christopher
defies his father twice, knocking him out with a blow on the head. [Irish Drama: J. M. Synge The Playboy of the Western World in Magill I, 758]
Man for All Seasons, A
Sir Thomas More (1478–1535) refuses to acknowledge Henry VIII as supreme head of the church. [Br. Hist.: Benét, 686; Br. Drama: Robert Bolt A Man for All Seasons in On Stage, 439]
Tell, William
Swiss patriot refused to salute the Austrian governor’s cap. [Swiss Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 885]
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But they jeered defiantly, for they knew it was in my power to luff the helm and let go the main-sheet, so as to spill the wind and escape damage.
Drood to have known some hardships,' he says, defiantly.
he muttered, half apologetically, yet half defiantly.
Then with a little lurch as though still giddy, she stooped, and picking up her fallen cigarette, thrust it defiantly between her teeth.
Mr Pickering relit the stump of his cigar defiantly and smoked in long gulps for a while.
Mrs Lammle disdained to reply, and sat defiantly beating one foot on the ground.
Summary: The Iraqi Shiite leaders are trying to send the National Guard forces to Kirkuk, and Hadi al- Ameri, prominent Shiite leader and head of the Badr Army, has recently threatened to send the forces into the city defiantly.
Yes, it's a defiantly old-fashioned, studio-based sitcom about an eccentric, clumsy character who mangles their words and generally causes mayhem.
While Mordecai's gaze often falls on difficult and painful realities, she defiantly embraces the joy and musicality of language to define these realities.
BLACKBURN 1 Dann (72) WEST BROM 2 Morrison (52), Odemwingie (89) UNDER-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean remained defiantly upbeat after his side were beaten 2-1 by West Brom at Ewood Park.
Summary: Syrian President Assad defiantly vowed to fight and die if needed as an Arab League deadline to stop its lethal crackdown on protesters expired with 20 more people killed.
Summary: Businessman Herman Cain has defiantly denied the sexual harassment allegations against him.