defy

Definition of defy

de`fy´   Pronunciation: dė`fī´
v. t.1.To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
[imp. & p. p. Defied (dė*fīd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Defying.]
I defy the surety and the bond.
- Chaucer.
For thee I have defied my constant mistress.
- Beau. & Fl.
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.
I once again
Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.
- Milton.
I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary.
- Burke.
n.1.A challenge.

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