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Correct Option is Defiance

Solution:Among the given words, the most appropriate word to fill in the given blanks would be ‘Defiance’. No other word could be used to make the statement grammatically correct and contextually meaningful.
(a) Defiance- open resistance; bold disobedience.
(b) Contrivance- the use of skill to create or bring about something.
(c) Scraggy- ragged, thin, or untidy in form or appearance.
(d) Gambit- an act or remark that is calculated to gain an advantage.
(e) Artifice- clever or cunning devices or expedients, especially as used to trick or deceive others.

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