verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
Origin of defy
Examples from the Web for defied
He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The answers include poor planning, budgetary procedures that defied economic logic, and at least one bone-headed accounting error.America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine|Bill Sweetman|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For months, first term Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan has managed to cling to slim lead that has defied national factors.In Tarheel State, Democratic Senate Incumbent Bucks National GOP Trend|Ben Jacobs|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He defied death and gravity to selflessly protect New Yorkers until his final moments in the Twin Towers.
Stereotypes exist to delineate but also in order to be defied.In Praise of ‘Awkward’: OMFG MTV, Like, Really Gets High School|Amy Zimmerman|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Could you—could you sit down and talk about it quietly, Bartley, as if I were a friend, and not some one who had to be defied?Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ|Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
She looked at it as if it were a living thing that defied her.The Evil Genius|Wilkie Collins
Forbes told him so, denied all that he had said, defied him, and turned him out.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
She drew back her head fiercely, as though she defied him to excuse her.Lady Connie|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The Jesuits took to the mountains and marshes to save their people, but the Franciscans defied the edict.The Jesuits, 1534-1921|Thomas J. Campbell
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for defy
c.1300, "to renounce one's allegiance;" mid-14c., "to challenge, defy," from Old French defier, desfier "to challenge, defy, provoke; renounce (a belief), repudiate (a vow, etc.)," from Vulgar Latin *disfidare "renounce one's faith," from Latin dis- "away" (see dis-) + fidus "faithful" (see faith).