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de·fy

 (dĭ-fī′)
tr.v. de·fied, de·fy·ing, de·fies
1.
a. To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance: defied the blockade by sailing straight through it.
b. To refuse to submit to or cooperate with: defied the court order by leaving the country.
2. To be beyond the application or scope of; be contrary or resistant to: an act that defies explanation; a problem that defies any conventional approach.
3. To challenge or dare (someone) to do something: She defied her accusers to prove their charges.

[Middle English defien, from Old French desfier, from Vulgar Latin *disfīdāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin fīdus, faithful; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: defy, brave, dare, face
These verbs mean to confront boldly and courageously: a writer who defied the wrath of the authorities; a composer braving all criticism; explorers who dared the unknown; sailors who faced the dangers of the storm squarely.

defy

(dɪˈfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to resist (a powerful person, authority, etc) openly and boldly
2. to elude, esp in a baffling way: his actions defy explanation.
3. formal to challenge or provoke (someone to do something judged to be impossible); dare: I defy you to climb that cliff.
4. (Military) archaic to invite to do battle or combat
[C14: from Old French desfier, from des- de- + fier to trust, from Latin fīdere]
deˈfier n

de•fy

(v. dɪˈfaɪ; n. also ˈdi faɪ)

v. -fied, -fy•ing, v.t.
1. to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly.
2. to offer effective resistance to: This fort defies attack.
3. to challenge (a person) to do something deemed impossible.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French desfier=des- dis-1 + fier to trust < Vulgar Latin *fīdāre, variant of Latin fīdere]

defy


Past participle: defied
Gerund: defying

Imperative
defy
defy
Present
I defy
you defy
he/she/it defies
we defy
you defy
they defy
Preterite
I defied
you defied
he/she/it defied
we defied
you defied
they defied
Present Continuous
I am defying
you are defying
he/she/it is defying
we are defying
you are defying
they are defying
Present Perfect
I have defied
you have defied
he/she/it has defied
we have defied
you have defied
they have defied
Past Continuous
I was defying
you were defying
he/she/it was defying
we were defying
you were defying
they were defying
Past Perfect
I had defied
you had defied
he/she/it had defied
we had defied
you had defied
they had defied
Future
I will defy
you will defy
he/she/it will defy
we will defy
you will defy
they will defy
Future Perfect
I will have defied
you will have defied
he/she/it will have defied
we will have defied
you will have defied
they will have defied
Future Continuous
I will be defying
you will be defying
he/she/it will be defying
we will be defying
you will be defying
they will be defying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defying
you have been defying
he/she/it has been defying
we have been defying
you have been defying
they have been defying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defying
you will have been defying
he/she/it will have been defying
we will have been defying
you will have been defying
they will have been defying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defying
you had been defying
he/she/it had been defying
we had been defying
you had been defying
they had been defying
Conditional
I would defy
you would defy
he/she/it would defy
we would defy
you would defy
they would defy
Past Conditional
I would have defied
you would have defied
he/she/it would have defied
we would have defied
you would have defied
they would have defied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defy - resist or confront with resistance; "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"
stand firm, withstand, hold out, resist - stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
brave, brave out, weather, endure - face and withstand with courage; "She braved the elements"
2.defy - elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"
beggar - be beyond the resources of; "This beggars description!"
elude, escape - be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by; "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
lend oneself, apply - be applicable to; as to an analysis; "This theory lends itself well to our new data"
3.defy - challenge; "I dare you!"
brazen - face with defiance or impudence; "brazen it out"
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

defy

verb
1. resist, oppose, confront, face, brave, beard, disregard, stand up to, spurn, flout, disobey, hold out against, put up a fight (against), hurl defiance at, contemn This was the first time that I had dared to defy her.
2. challenge, dare, provoke, throw down the gauntlet He defied me to come up with a better idea.
3. foil, defeat, escape, frustrate, be beyond, baffle, thwart, elude, confound a fragrance that defies description

defy

verb
1. To confront boldly and courageously:
Idioms: fly in the face of, snap one's fingers at, stand up to, thumb one's nose at.
2. To refuse or fail to obey:
Idiom: pay no attention to.
3. To call on another to do something requiring boldness:
Translations
يَتَحَدّىيُقاوِم، يَتَحَدّى
vyzvatvzdorovatvzpírat se
trodseudfordre
skora á, ögrastorka, bjóîa byrginn
ignoruotiskatinti
ignorētizaicinātnepakļauties
upreti se
karşı gelmekmeydan okuma

defy

[dɪˈfaɪ] VT
1. (= challenge) [+ person] → desafiar, retar
I defy you to do itte desafío a hacerlo
2. (= refuse to obey) [+ person] → desobedecer, enfrentarse a; [+ order] → contravenir
3. (= fly in the face of) it defies definitionse escapa a toda definición
it defies descriptionresulta imposible describirlo, es indescriptible
to defy gravitydesafiar la ley de la gravedad
people defied the bad weather to get away for Eastera pesar del mal tiempo, la gente salió de vacaciones durante la Semana Santa
to defy death (= face without fear) → desafiar a la muerte; (= narrowly escape) → escapar de una muerte segura

defy

[dɪˈfaɪ] vt
(= refuse to obey) [+ person] → désobéir à; [+ ban, order] → braver
(= challenge) to defy sb to do sth → défier qn de faire qch
to defy description (= be indescribable) → défier toute description
to defy comprehension (= be incomprehensible) → dépasser l'entendement

defy

vt
(= refuse to submit to, disobey) personsich widersetzen (+dat); (esp child)trotzen (+dat); orders, law, death, dangerverachten, trotzen (+dat)
(fig: = make impossible) → widerstehen (+dat); to defy definitionnicht definiert werden können; to defy descriptionjeder Beschreibung spotten; that defies belief!das ist ja unglaublich!; to defy gravity/logicden Gesetzen der Schwerkraft/Logik widersprechen; to defy the odds to do somethingetw entgegen allen Erwartungen tun; she defies her age or the years and wears the latest fashionssie trägt ihrem Alter zum Trotz die neueste Mode
(= challenge) I defy you to do it/to buy one more cheaplymachen Sie es doch/kaufen Sie doch einen Billigeren, wenn Sie können

defy

[dɪˈfaɪ] vt
a. (person) → rifiutare di obbedire a; (authority, death, danger) → sfidare; (resist, efforts) → resistere a
it defies description → supera ogni descrizione
b. (challenge) to defy sb (to do sth)sfidare qn (a fare qc)

defy

(diˈfai) verb
1. to dare (someone to act); to challenge. I defy you to try and stop me!
2. to resist boldly or openly. Are you defying my authority?
References in classic literature ?
Cassy, who had glided out of her place of concealment, and, by overhearing, learned the sacrifice that had been made for her and Emmeline, had been there, the night before, defying the danger of detection; and, moved by the last few words which the affectionate soul had yet strength to breathe, the long winter of despair, the ice of years, had given way, and the dark, despairing woman had wept and prayed.
He came back gay and selfsatisfied, eager and busy, caring nothing for Miss Woodhouse, and defying Miss Smith.
Consider that eye: consider the resolute, wild, free thing looking out of it, defying me, with more than courage--with a stern triumph.
His peevish reproofs wakened in her a naughty delight to provoke him: she was never so happy as when we were all scolding her at once, and she defying us with her bold, saucy look, and her ready words; turning Joseph's religious curses into ridicule, baiting me, and doing just what her father hated most - showing how her pretended insolence, which he thought real, had more power over Heathcliff than his kindness: how the boy would do HER bidding in anything, and HIS only when it suited his own inclination.
Satiny poppies of all tints danced in the breeze by the score, gaily defying flowers which had lived in the garden for years and which it might be confessed seemed rather to wonder how such new people had got there.
While I heard and saw the mother as she said these words, I seemed to hear and see the son, defying them.
Some days ago I became acquainted with your misfortune and the cause which impels you to take up arms again and again to revenge yourselves upon your enemies; and having many times thought over your business in my mind, I find that, according to the laws of combat, you are mistaken in holding yourselves insulted; for a private individual cannot insult an entire community; unless it be by defying it collectively as a traitor, because he cannot tell who in particular is guilty of the treason for which he defies it.
And the poor soldier went to the acacia; but when he was a few steps from it, the countess looked at him, as if defying him, although a slight expression of fear seemed to flicker in her eye; then, with a single bound she sprang from the acacia to a laburnum, and thence to a Norway fir, where she darted from branch to branch with extraordinary agility.
He strode through the jungle, his proud head erect, defying danger.
A mass of straight black hair, defying all attempts to train or curl it, fell over his projecting forehead, and hung down to his shoulders, giving increased vivacity to eyes already sparkling with a youthful love of mischief and fondness for every forbidden enjoyment.
He looked like some lion of the wilderness that stalks about exulting in his strength and defying both wind and rain; his eyes glare as he prowls in quest of oxen, sheep, or deer, for he is famished, and will dare break even into a well fenced homestead, trying to get at the sheep--even such did Ulysses seem to the young women, as he drew near to them all naked as he was, for he was in great want.
This management could not deceive me, my clairvoyance defying any such artifices; but it had a sensible effect on Desiree, who, happening very much to want money for a particular object just at that moment, determined, on the spot, to abate no less than fifty francs from the price she had intended to ask.