What does defy mean?

Definitions for defydɪˈfaɪ; ˈdi faɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defy.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defy

    de-fī′, v.t. to challenge: to brave: (obs.) to discard, dislike:—pr.p. defy′ing; pa.p. defied′.—n. (Dryden) a defiance.—n. Defī′er. [O. Fr. defier—Low L. diffidāre, to renounce faith or allegiance—L. dis, asunder, and fīdĕre, to trust—fĭdes, faith.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for defy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تحدىArabic
  • 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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