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Definition of Defy

Defy

  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.
  3. A challenge.

Defy Quotations

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.
William Shakespeare

I defy gravity.
Marilyn Monroe

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.
Amelia Barr

You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
Napoleon Bonaparte

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
Clara Barton
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Defy Translations

defy in Danish is udfordre
defy in Dutch is uitdagen, tarten, trotseren, uittarten
defy in German is trotzen, herausdordern, trotze
defy in Italian is sfidare
defy in Norwegian is trosse, utfordre
defy in Spanish is desafiar
defy in Swedish is utmana, trotsa

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