Definitions for defydɪˈfaɪ; ˈdi faɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, withstand, hold, hold up(verb)

    resist or confront with resistance

    "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

  2. defy, resist, refuse(verb)

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

  3. defy, dare(verb)

    challenge

    "I dare you!"

Wiktionary

  1. defy(Verb)

    To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.

  2. defy(Verb)

    To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt.

    to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion.

  3. Origin: From desfier, from *, from dis- + fidus. Meaning shifted 14c. from "be disloyal" to "challenge."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defy(verb)

    to renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce

  2. Defy(verb)

    to provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion

  3. Defy(noun)

    a challenge

  4. Origin: [F. dfier, OF. deffier, desfier, LL. disfidare to disown faith or fidelity, to dissolve the bond of allegiance, as between the vassal and his lord; hence, to challenge, defy; fr. L. dis- + fides faith. See Faith, and cf. Diffident, Affiance.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Bonney:

    I defy you to find another cowboy wearing a cardigan sweater.

  2. Jeanne-Marie Roland:

    The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.

  3. The IEA:

    Yet U.S. supply so far shows precious little sign of slowing down. Quite to the contrary, it continues to defy expectations.

  4. Ban Ki-moon:

    I defy anyone to look into the eyes of these courageous and resilient individuals and say you know better what nuclear weapons bring.

  5. Susan Watson:

    We will see marriage equality in Alabama tomorrow. I don't think the probate judges in Alabama are going to defy a federal court judge's order.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • пренебрегвам, игнорирам, предизвиквамBulgarian
  • vzepřít se, vyzvat, zřeknout se, vzdorovat, vyzývat, vzdát seCzech
  • herausfordernGerman
  • desafiar, renunciarSpanish
  • سر باز زدن, سرپیچی, نافرمانیPersian
  • uhmata, haastaaFinnish
  • défierFrench
  • abiurare, sfidareItalian
  • به‌ربه‌کانی کردن, عاسی بوون, به‌ربه‌ره‌کانێ کردن, له‌ قسه‌ده‌رچوونKurdish
  • whakatumatumaMāori
  • het hoofd bieden, afzweren, uitdagenDutch
  • sfidaRomanian
  • попирать, бросать вызов, пренебрегатьRussian

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