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.]
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The numerical value of defy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of defy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I defy you to find another cowboy wearing a cardigan sweater.
The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.
Yet U.S. supply so far shows precious little sign of slowing down. Quite to the contrary, it continues to defy expectations.
I defy anyone to look into the eyes of these courageous and resilient individuals and say you know better what nuclear weapons bring.
As many of us feared, now it appears Iran can defy those restrictions with impunity fearing no pushback from the U.N. Security Council.
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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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