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de·fy  (d-f)
tr.v. de·fied, de·fy·ing, de·fies
a. To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance: defied the blockade by sailing straight through it.
b. To refuse to submit to or cooperate with: defied the court order by leaving the country.
2. To be unaffected by; resist or withstand: So the plague defied all medicines (Daniel Defoe).
3. To challenge or dare (someone) to do something: She defied her accusers to prove their charges.

[Middle English defien, from Old French desfier, from Vulgar Latin *disfdre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin fdus, faithful; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: defy, brave, challenge, dare, face
These verbs mean to confront boldly and courageously: an innovator defying tradition; braving all criticism; challenged the opposition to produce proof; daring him to deny the statement; faced her accusers.

defy  /dfa/  v. [T] -fied, -fying, -fies 1 to oppose openly, refuse to obey: The union defied management and went on strike. 2 fig. to resist: The lock defied all my efforts to open it. 3 to dare or challenge s.o. to do s.t. thought impossible: I defy you to find anything wrong with this plan. defy

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