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    Is 'defiant' correctly used?

    And on his ongoing trial on sodomy charges, Mr Anwar remains defiant that he will be exonerated.

    "There's no reason why they can convict me. There's no reason they can ever do that! Not a shred of evidence," he said.

    Is 'defiant' correctly.used? I feel that 'convinced' should be used instead.

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    Re: Is 'defiant' correctly used?

    Yes, convinced is better. Or sure. Or certain.

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    Re: Is 'defiant' correctly used?

    I agree that "confident" sounds better, but Merriam-Webster seems to believe that "defiant" would work too. The man is bold, perhaps a little insolent, and certainly unafraid.


    Main Entry: de·fi·ant Pronunciation Guide
    Pronunciation: -nt
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: French défiant, from Old French desfiant, defiant, present participle of desfier, defier to defy
    : full of defiance : BOLD, INSOLENT, UNAFRAID
    - de·fi·ant·ly adverb

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    Re: Is 'defiant' correctly used?

    Context is key. Can you be defiant that you will be exonerated? I think not. You are defiant when you defy something. Examples:
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    Despite his party's election loss, the party leader was defiant and declared that his policies were good ones and had not been repudiated.
    The defiant employee disobeyed orders and did what he was told not to do.


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    Re: Is 'defiant' correctly used?

    According to the dictionary, "defiance" means "open resistance or bold disobedience".

    ...CONVINCED that he will be exonerated = He is sure that he will be exonerated. Based on the way things are going, he is certain that he will be exonerated.

    ...remains DEFIANT that he will be exonerated. This implies that he has no fear, he is boldly challenging anyone to prove his guilt, etc.

    That's funny (interesting) that you're from Hong Kong. I'm Chinese-American and trying to learn better Cantonese!

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    Re: Is 'defiant' correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by acslater017 View Post
    According to the dictionary, "defiance" means "open resistance or bold disobedience".

    ...CONVINCED that he will be exonerated = He is sure that he will be exonerated. Based on the way things are going, he is certain that he will be exonerated.

    ...remains DEFIANT that he will be exonerated. This implies that he has no fear, he is boldly challenging anyone to prove his guilt, etc.

    That's funny (interesting) that you're from Hong Kong. I'm Chinese-American and trying to learn better Cantonese!
    I agree, I think "defiant" works in the given context, it describes the attitude of the person concerned.

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