defy

All Verb Noun
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  • Having been once taken in, he defies any one to take him in again. Cited from Kenelm Chillingly, E. B. Lytton, Book 1
  • She looked rather like one who knew how to face fortune and defy it. Cited from Frank and Fearless, by Horatio Alger Jr.
  • "I defy you to tell me how you can force me to go!" Cited from Ben Blair, by Will Lillibridge
  • Her hot look, her cold manner defied him to command her here. Cited from The Coast of Chance, by Esther Chamberlain and Lucia Chamberlain
  • He would simply stand on his rights and defy them to prove anything against him. Cited from Bert Wilson in the Rockies, by J. W. Duffield
  • However, after defying the will of his father-in-law, he was killed.
  • I defy all its members; but that makes no difference about the girl. Cited from Eveline Mandeville, by Alvin Addison
  • He could see her still, as she stood there with her hands behind her, defying him. Cited from Elizabeth's Campaign, by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I defy any one to show me, in this case, any other alternative. Cited from Sophisms of the Protectionists, by Frederic Bastiat
  • However, she defied her father and changed her mind when she grew close to her baby daughter.
  • It makes laws for its own direction in the name of the people or defies their control. Cited from Usury, by Calvin Elliott
  • Once married, however, you will both defy me and throw me out of the house. Cited from A Cardinal Sin, by Eugene Sue
  • He decided to defy his parents and make the matter public.
  • Is he not defeated every time that one of those lost souls defies him? Cited from Unspoken Sermons, by George MacDonald
  • His hard black eye was fixed upon her with a kind of defying appeal for help. Cited from Trumps, by George William Curtis
  • Many of its members defied party orders and joined the movement.
  • By that act he set himself apart, defying all laws, all feeling -- everything. Cited from The Moon Rock, by Arthur J. Rees
  • He starts seeing things in his room which defy the human mind.
  • He may defy the Parliament, if he can count upon the people. Cited from Prose Masterpieces from Modern Essayists, by J. A. Froude et al
  • Who has not in his time been brought face to face with a word which defies translation? Cited from Tales of St. Austin's, by P. G. Wodehouse
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Words starting with defy

Meaning of defy

  • verb Resist or confront with resistance
    The politician defied public opinion, The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear, The bridge held
  • verb Elude, especially in a baffling way
    This behavior defies explanation
  • verb Challenge
    I dare you!