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"
defy, resist, refuse(verb)
elude, especially in a baffling way
"This behavior defies explanation"
"I dare you!"
To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
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.
Origin: From desfier, from *, from dis- + fidus. Meaning shifted 14c. from "be disloyal" to "challenge."
to renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce
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
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
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.]
The numerical value of defy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of defy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.
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.
The Dow Jones is such a backwards-looking list, I cringed when Intel and Microsoft were added, i'm cringing today. Let's hope Apple can defy the forces of history.
So what I said, while I would not prefer executive action, I always prefer legislative action, that responsibility lies directly in the chair of Speaker Boehner who has refused to defy the tea party and do what's right for this country.
The House has acted to de-fund the department and to stop the president’s overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders, ... And the Congress just can’t sit by and let the president defy the Constitution and defy his own his oath of office.
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- пренебрегвам, игнорирам, предизвиквамBulgarian
- vzepřít se, vyzvat, zřeknout se, vzdorovat, vyzývat, vzdát seCzech
- desafiar, renunciarSpanish
- سر باز زدن, سرپیچی, نافرمانیPersian
- uhmata, haastaaFinnish
- abiurare, sfidareItalian
- بهربهکانی کردن, عاسی بوون, بهربهرهکانێ کردن, له قسهدهرچوونKurdish
- het hoofd bieden, afzweren, uitdagenDutch
- попирать, бросать вызов, пренебрегатьRussian
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