AskDefine | Define defy

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1 resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held" [syn: withstand, hold, hold up]
2 elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation" [syn: resist, refuse] [ant: lend oneself]
3 challenge; "I dare you!" [syn: dare] [also: defied]

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  1. A challenge.




  1. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
  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.


To renounce or desolve all bonds
  • Kurdish: ,
To provoke to combat or strife
  • Finnish: (to provoke to combat, call out to combat) haastaa, (to treat with contempt; to defy the power of a magistrate) uhmata
  • Kurdish: ,

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See also

defy in German: Defiance
defy in French: Defiance
defy in Dutch: Defiance
defy in Polish: Defiance
defy in Volapük: Defiance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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