Defiance; notice of act of defiance •Use has not been continuous since the first attestation in 1580: on a signboard, a defi to the On Leongs
[late 1880s+; apparently fr French de´fi]
A "defi" was then sent to the conquerors who promptly replied that they had nothing to fear.
The defi was accepted and Carolan's rival played on his violin one of Vivaldi's most difficult concertos.
"And I heard nothing finer the whole evening," answers Doctor Johnson, accepting the defi, and winning by yielding.