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Meaning of DEFY

Pronunciation:  di'fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  challenge; "I dare you!"
  2. [v]  resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
  3. [v]  elude, esp. in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"

DEFY is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dare, hold, hold up, refuse, withstand
 Antonyms: apply, lend oneself
 See Also: beggar, brave, brave out, brazen, challenge, elude, endure, escape, hold out, resist, stand firm, weather



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*fy"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Defying}.] [F. d['e]fier, 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}.]
    1. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or
       obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce. [Obs.]
             I defy the surety and the bond.       --Chaucer.
             For thee I have defied my constant mistress. --Beau.
                                                   & Fl.
    2. 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.
             I once again Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.
             I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the
             contrary.                             --Burke.
  2. \De*fy"\, n.
    A challenge. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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