defy

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v defy challenge "I dare you!"
    • v defy resist or confront with resistance "The politician defied public opinion","The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear","The bridge held"
    • v defy elude, especially in a baffling way "This behavior defies explanation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n defy A challenge.
    • defy 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.""I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary."
    • defy To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce. "I defy the surety and the bond.""For thee I have defied my constant mistress."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defy To renounce; reject; refuse; repudiate; cast off.
    • defy To revolt at; reject from dislike; disapprove.
    • defy To challenge to contest or trial with arms; dare to meet in combat.
    • defy To challenge to an action or procedure of any kind; dare to do something (generally with an implication of belief that it cannot be done, or that the action will fail of its purpose).
    • defy To dare; brave; manifest a contempt of or indifference to (opposition, attack, or hostile force); set at naught; resist successfully: as, to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy the power of a magistrate.
    • defy To reject; eject; void: with out.
    • defy To digest.
    • defy To digest; be digested.
    • n defy A challenge; a defiance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defy de-fī′ to challenge: to brave:
    • pr.p Defy defy′ing; pa.p. defied′
    • n Defy (Dryden) a defiance
    • v.t Defy de-fī′ (obs.) to discard, dislike
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Age will not be defied.”
  • Francis Bacon
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    “Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.”
  • Camille Paglia
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    “Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
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    “When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. défier, OF. deffier, desfier, LL. disfidare, to disown faith or fidelity, to dissolve the bond of allegiance, as between the vassal and his lord; hence, to challenge, defy; fr. L. dis-, + fides, faith. See Faith, and cf. Diffident Affiance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. defier—Low L. diffidāre, to renounce faith or allegiance—L. dis, asunder, and fīdĕre, to trust—fĭdes, faith.

Usage

In literature:

Where a Thrush is, we defy you to anticipate his song in the morning.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
The new Viceroy was a soldier and a martinet, and his authority had been defied.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
By the aid of a post, the old man managed to struggle to his feet, and leaning against this, he felt he could defy the enemy.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
There be some pot-valiant braggarts that defy the law.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
A thunderbolt indeed might have pierced thee; all short of this thou couldst defy.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Some of his masters he had defied, others he had scorned, one he had nearly slain.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
But that had nothing to do with the conduct of the enemy, whom they took every opportunity of defying and deriding.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
Then it shoots proudly aloft again, prepared to defy the hurricane.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Luther was but twenty-nine when he nailed his famous thesis to the door of the bishop and defied the pope.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
He rides at the head of gangs of smugglers and defies everybody, even the minister and my Lord Raincy.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
He had defied the doctor.
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
Shakespeare defied at every stage in his career the laws of the classical drama.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Prometheus-like he would defy the gods.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Dearest of all gifts of sovereignty would be the power of defying Krak.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Be superior to the opinions of the people about us, instead of defying them.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
There was an air of authority about Pembury which he dared not defy.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
And I do defy thee, O man of Galilee!
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Such a universe of materials, inventions and fabrics defies that mode of treatment.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
But it could not be doubted that, in the great host which he had defied, some champion would be found to lift the gauntlet.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
And woe be to him who defies caste.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
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In poetry:

Our son Eindride
Safeguards his father,
Who goes in fearless
The King defying.
"Bergliot" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Virtue runs before the muse
And defies her skill,
She is rapt, and doth refuse
To wait a painter's will.
"Loss And Gain" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
We knew not the desert of sin,
Nor whom we thus defied;
Nor where our guilty souls had been,
If Jesus had not died.
"Father Forgive Them" by John Newton
I felt my lover look at her
And then turn suddenly to me –
His eyes were magic to defy
The woman I shall never be.
"The Old Maid" by Sara Teasdale
Arise, with right and valor girt,
To battle with the foe,
Which threatens to defy our laws,
And lay our country low.
"Ye Patriot Sons Of Canada" by Thomas Frederick Young
Each tender tie of life defied,
Whence social pleasures spring:
Unmoved with all the world beside,
A solitary thing."
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper

In news:

Many beloved sports movies follow scrappy underdogs that overcome obstacles and defy expectations to succeed.
His intellectual leaps, seemingly weightless, defied explanation.
Opera star Bartoli defies expectations.
LA artists Heather Cassils and Zackary Drucker defy gender norms.
While other Saturday meets in the area were cancelling due to inclement weather during the day on Friday, this meet went on as scheduled defying the doom and gloom forecasts that were predicted.
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa may reap a long-term windfall for defying the skeptics and successfully hosting the World Cup.
PARIS — Rachida Dati built her against-the-odds career by defying convention.
Autism, famously fuzzy, seems to defy most attempts at definition, treatment, understanding.
Top Egypt prosecutor defies sacking by president.
They defied pharaoh 's decree that when they attended a birth, they should kill the child if it were a boy.
Don Edwards: Venerable Kentucky Theatre survives, defies modern 'cattle- plex ' cinemas.
As a young economics professor in the late 1970s, Richard Thaler began noticing small but nagging ways in which ordinary people defied the predictions of economic theory.
You know the type, the ones that either defy logic, seem improbable or just strike a never.
Demonstrators Show Fear and Joy as They Defy Police in Support of Aristide.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has fired the top two administrators of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif, for mismanagement and fostering an atmosphere defying Navy regulations.
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In science:

What is found is this: The observed connections between the outcomes of these experiments defy explanation in terms of ordinary ideas about the nature of the physical world on the scale of directly observable objects.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The main result of this paper (see Theorem 13) shows that this is probably not the case: Behavior exotic enough to defy the Strong Novikov Conjecture would have to be built into the finitely generated subgroups of the parabolic subgroups.
Fillings, finite generation and direct limits of relatively hyperbolic groups
Although there are several observational aspects which continue to defy explanation (e.g. ), the physics of the nuclear ignition and burning are reasonably well understood, and in some cases are fully consistent with observations .
Accreting neutron star spins and the equation of state
For instance, already hidden Markov sources (HMSs) seem to defy a convenient formula although there is one for the special case of Markov sources.
On analytic properties of entropy rate
When one studies rotation curves ‘in the whole’ one is typically confronted by various complexities which would appear to defy any chance of a simple description.
Flatness in disc galaxy dynamics without MOND or dark matter
For example we can defy it by stating that the arrow cannot be at rest at definite position according to the uncertainty principle.
Zeno meets modern science
These results seem to defy the intuitive notion that strong perturbations at closest approach should drive strong responses, which could result in enhanced SF (but see Keel & Borne 2003).
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
They defy the very traditional meaning of the fixed point that a point on the fixed point in the phase space should remain there forever, for, a fixed point can evolve as well! Under such considerations one can argue that a free-kicked football should be non-chaotic.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
Here we inventory a very heterogeneous collection of rapid changes and other oddities whose classes (when they can be classified!) defy this sort of characterization.
Astrophysics in 2006
These are complicated systems that defy most attempts to compute their emergent spectrum even for static, non-disturbed disks.
Conference Summary: The Central Engine of Active Galactic Nuclei
The result is a renormalized theory which has proven itself for quantum chemical applications but which so far seems to defy diagrammatic representation.
Formal Foundations of Dressed Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory for Many-Electron Excitations
Then, signi ficant recent progress on the theore tical approaches to the superconducting pairing by Coulomb repulsion is reviewed. A section is devoted to some experimental properties of Sr2RuO4 that seem to defy simple explanations in terms of currently available spin-triplet scenario.
Evaluation of Spin-Triplet Superconductivity in Sr2RuO4
Two highlight the potential of basic MLMs for addressing common astronomical data analysis problems that defy accurate analysis with conventional methods taught to astronomers. I will highlight the MLM aspects of these contributions in turn.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
V to TeV), defying a simple homogeneous SSC interpretation [145].
TeV Astronomy
However, these phenomena are highly non-perturbative and still defy ourselves to try to derive them properly from first principles.
Yang-Mills Fields on the 4-dimensional torus. Part I: Classical Theory
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