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Verb: defy  di'fI
  1. Resist or confront with resistance
    "The politician defied public opinion";
    - withstand, hold, hold up
  2. Elude, especially in a baffling way
    "This behaviour defies explanation";
    - resist, refuse
  3. Challenge
    "I defy you!";
    - dare

Derived forms: defies, defied, defying

Type of: challenge, dispute [archaic], elude, escape, hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand

Encyclopedia: Defy