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To fight against or put up an opposition to
“I will not go in, and I will defy any attempt to make me.”
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To face, resist or oppose with boldness or courage
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“Anger is the last resource left with which to defy the oppressive circumstance.”
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To disregard the rules or refuse to conform
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“Any member who wishes to defy the rules and policies given to him by his full-time elected officials exposes himself to fines.”
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To challenge or question a belief or supposition
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“Nishad and Gaura defy the belief that romanticism and revolution can never go hand in hand.”
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To challenge (someone) to do something difficult or impossible
“I invite you, no, I defy you, to pack your things and come with me right this minute, and see for yourself who my clients are and what they do for a living.”
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To elude in a baffling way
“It is a fact which would defy belief, were it not the result of an official inquiry.”
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To ignore disrespectfully
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To answer in a cheeky or rude manner
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To express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something
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To use one's authority to reject or cancel (a decision, view, etc.)
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The state of being intractable
“He's so funny, and so purely charismatic here as to defy adequate description.”
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