re defy

defy

[v. dih-fahy; n. dih-fahy, dee-fahy]
verb (used with object), defied, defying.
1.
to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly: to defy parental authority.
2.
to offer effective resistance to: a fort that defies attack.
3.
to challenge (a person) to do something deemed impossible: They defied him to dive off the bridge.
4.
Archaic. to challenge to a combat or contest.
noun, plural defies.
5.
a challenge; a defiance.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English defien < Old French desfier, equivalent to des- dis-1 + fier to trust < Vulgar Latin *fīdāre, variant of Latin fīdere

defiable, adjective
defyingly, adverb
predefy, verb (used with object), predefied, predefying.
redefy, verb (used with object), redefied, redefying.
undefiable, adjective
undefiably, adverb
undefied, adjective


1. dare, brave, flout, scorn.
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defy (dɪˈfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to resist (a powerful person, authority, etc) openly and boldly
2.  to elude, esp in a baffling way: his actions defy explanation
3.  formal to challenge or provoke (someone to do something judged to be impossible); dare: I defy you to climb that cliff
4.  archaic to invite to do battle or combat
 
[C14: from Old French desfier, from des-de- + fier to trust, from Latin fīdere]
 
de'fier
 
n

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defy
c.1300, from O.Fr. defier, desfier, from V.L. *disfidare "renounce one's faith," from L. dis- "away" + fidus "faithful." Meaning shifted 14c. from "be disloyal" to "challenge."
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