(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Challenge to fight
Nouns — defiance, dare, challenge, threat; provocation; war cry, war whoop; rebellion (see disobedience); insolence; contempt, disdain; audacity, daring; fighting words, gauntlet; chip on one's shoulder. Informal, cheek[iness], brass[iness], sauciness. See rashness, opposition.
Verbs — defy, dare, double-dare, beard, brave (see courage); bid defiance to, set at naught, set at defiance, provoke; hurl defiance at; face down, fly in the face of, brazen it out, kick against the pricks, nail one's colors to the mast; dance the war dance; snap one's fingers at, bite the thumb, thumb one's nose at, laugh to scorn; disobey; show fight, show one's teeth, show a bold front, call a bluff; look big, stand akimbo; double or shake the fist, threaten (see threat); throw in the teeth; throw down or pick up the gauntlet, gage, or glove; stick to one's guns; challenge, call out; toss one's hat in the ring.
Adjectives — defiant; defying, daring; with arms akimbo; insolent, contemptuous, bold, rebellious. Informal, brassy, saucy, cheeky.
Adverbs — defiantly, in defiance, in the teeth of; under one's very nose.
Phrases — you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Antonyms, see obedience, fear.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. insubordination, rebellion, resistance, insurgence; see disobedience .
in defiance of,
Syn. contemptuous of, notwithstanding, in spite of; see regardless 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
rebellion, disobedience, resistance, opposition, challenge, insolence, revolt, *throwing down the gauntlet, disregard, contempt.
ANT.: conformance, acquiescence, deference
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Behavior or an act that is intentionally provocative: challenge, provocation. See ATTACK. 2. The disposition boldly to defy or resist authority or an opposing force: contempt, contumacy, despite, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy. See RESIST.

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