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.
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
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
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.
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