Defy

  • 1 defy — de*fy (d[ e]*f[imac] ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defied} (d[ e]*f[imac]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Defying}.] [F. d[ e]fier, OF. deffier, desfier, LL. disfidare to disown faith or fidelity, to dissolve the bond of allegiance, as between the vassal and his… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 defy — c.1300, to renounce one s allegiance; mid 14c., to challenge, defy, from O.Fr. defier, desfier to challenge, defy, provoke; renounce (a belief), repudiate (a vow, etc.), from V.L. *disfidare renounce one s faith, from L. dis away (see DIS (Cf.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Defy-ID — is a network of groups and people in the United Kingdom opposed to the introduction of the proposed National Identity Register and national identity card scheme.ee also*NO2ID *Pressure groups in the United KingdomExternal links*http://www.defy id …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 defy — I verb affront, assume a fighting attitude, battle, beard, brave, breast, buck, challenge, conflict with, confront, dare, disobey, disregard, flout, front, mutiny, oppose, outface, provocare, rebel, resist, resist openly, stand up against,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 defy — [dē fī′, difī′; ] also, for n. [, dē′fī] vt. defied, defying [ME defien < OFr defier, to distrust, repudiate, defy < LL * disfidare < dis , from + * fidare, to trust < fidus, faithful: see FAITH] 1. to resist or oppose boldly or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 defy — de*fy (d[ e]*f[imac] ), n. A challenge. [Obs.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] || …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 defy — *face, brave, challenge, dare, beard Analogous words: mock, deride, *ridicule: flout (see SCOFF): withstand, *resist, oppose, fight: confront, encounter, *meet Antonyms: recoil from …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 defy — [v] challenge, frustrate baffle, beard, brave, confront, contemn, dare, defeat, deride, despise, disregard, elude, face, flout, fly in face of*, foil, front, gibe*, hang tough*, hurl defiance at, ignore, insult, make my day*, mock, oppose,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 defy — ► VERB (defies, defied) 1) openly resist or refuse to obey. 2) challenge to do or prove something. DERIVATIVES defier noun. ORIGIN Old French desfier, from Latin fidus faithful …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 defy — de|fy [dıˈfaı] v past tense and past participle defied present participle defying third person singular defies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: defier, from Latin fidere to trust ] 1.) to refuse to obey a law or rule, or refuse to do… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 defy — [[t]dɪfa͟ɪ[/t]] defies, defying, defied 1) VERB If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way. [V n] This was the first (and last) time that I dared to defy… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 defy — 1. noun A challenge. 2. verb a) To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce. to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 defy — verb ADVERB ▪ openly ▪ Journalists were openly defying the authorities. VERB + DEFY ▪ be prepared to (esp. BrE), be willing to ▪ He is willing to defy his own party …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 defy — 01. Thousands of people in this country continue to [defy] the law by smoking marijuana. 02. Opponents of the prohibition against smoking say they plan to [defy] the ban in a mass smoking demonstration on Monday. 03. Each time he [defied] his… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 defy — verb defied, defying (T) 1 to refuse to obey a law or rule, or refuse to do what someone in authority tells you to do: He defied his father s wishes and married Agnes. 2 defy description/analysis/imagination etc to be so extreme or unusual that… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 defy */ — UK [dɪˈfaɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms defy : present tense I/you/we/they defy he/she/it defies present participle defying past tense defied past participle defied 1) to refuse to obey someone or something The commander defied a direct… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 defy — I. transitive verb (defied; defying) Etymology: Middle English, to renounce faith in, challenge, from Anglo French desfier, defier, from des de + fier to entrust, from Vulgar Latin *fidare, alteration of Latin fidere to trust more at bide Date:… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 defy — de|fy [ dı faı ] verb transitive * 1. ) to refuse to obey someone or something: DISOBEY: The commander defied a direct order to surrender. 2. ) to happen in a way that is different from what usually happens or what you expect: Buildings leaned… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 defy — defiable, adj. defyingly, adv. v. /di fuy /; n. /di fuy , dee fuy/, v., defied, defying, n., pl. defies. v.t. 1. to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly: to defy parental authority. 2. to offer effective resistance to: a fort that… …

    Universalium

  • 20 defy — [14] The underlying notion of defy is of the renunciation of allegiance. It comes via Old French defier from a Vulgar Latin *disfidāre ‘renounce one’s faith’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis , denoting reversal, and Latin fīdus… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins