defy


defy
de|fy [ dı`faı ] verb transitive *
1. ) to refuse to obey someone or something: DISOBEY:
The commander defied a direct order to surrender.
2. ) to happen in a way that is different from what usually happens or what you expect:
Buildings leaned crazily, defying the law of gravity.
3. ) if something defies description, belief, or understanding, it is strange and almost impossible to describe, believe, or understand
defy someone to do something
to tell someone to prove that something is possible by doing it:
I defy you to produce one shred of evidence.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • defy — de*fy (d[ e]*f[imac] ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defied} (d[ e]*f[imac]d ); 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defy — c.1300, to renounce one s allegiance; mid 14c., to challenge, defy, from O.Fr. defier, desfier to challenge, defy, provoke; renounce (a belief), repudiate (a vow, etc.), from V.L. *disfidare renounce one s faith, from L. dis away (see DIS (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Defy-ID — is a network of groups and people in the United Kingdom opposed to the introduction of the proposed National Identity Register and national identity card scheme.ee also*NO2ID *Pressure groups in the United KingdomExternal links*http://www.defy id …   Wikipedia

  • defy — I verb affront, assume a fighting attitude, battle, beard, brave, breast, buck, challenge, conflict with, confront, dare, disobey, disregard, flout, front, mutiny, oppose, outface, provocare, rebel, resist, resist openly, stand up against,… …   Law dictionary

  • defy — [dē fī′, difī′; ] also, for n. [, dē′fī] vt. defied, defying [ME defien < OFr defier, to distrust, repudiate, defy < LL * disfidare < dis , from + * fidare, to trust < fidus, faithful: see FAITH] 1. to resist or oppose boldly or… …   English World dictionary

  • defy — de*fy (d[ e]*f[imac] ), n. A challenge. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defy — *face, brave, challenge, dare, beard Analogous words: mock, deride, *ridicule: flout (see SCOFF): withstand, *resist, oppose, fight: confront, encounter, *meet Antonyms: recoil from …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • defy — [v] challenge, frustrate baffle, beard, brave, confront, contemn, dare, defeat, deride, despise, disregard, elude, face, flout, fly in face of*, foil, front, gibe*, hang tough*, hurl defiance at, ignore, insult, make my day*, mock, oppose,… …   New thesaurus

  • defy — ► VERB (defies, defied) 1) openly resist or refuse to obey. 2) challenge to do or prove something. DERIVATIVES defier noun. ORIGIN Old French desfier, from Latin fidus faithful …   English terms dictionary

  • defy — de|fy [dıˈfaı] v past tense and past participle defied present participle defying third person singular defies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: defier, from Latin fidere to trust ] 1.) to refuse to obey a law or rule, or refuse to do… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defy — [[t]dɪfa͟ɪ[/t]] defies, defying, defied 1) VERB If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way. [V n] This was the first (and last) time that I dared to defy… …   English dictionary