[ dih-fahyd ]
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  1. challenged or resisted boldly or openly; rebelled against: Both novels end with a degree of reconciliation and acceptance between the defied parent and the wayward child.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of defy.

Origin of defied

First recorded in 1810–20; defy + -ed2 for the adjective; defy + -ed1 for the verb

Other words from defied

  • un·de·fied, adjective

Words Nearby defied Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use defied in a sentence

  • Cowardice prompted him to remain silent, and something which defied silence prompted him at last to talk.

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • You have defied the power of Holy Church as you have defied the power of our sovereign lady, and justice is upon you.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • The chief peril was that in which Sir Hugh was placed, now that he had openly defied the doctor.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • Prothero's case defied all rule and precedent, and Brodrick was not prepared with a judgment of his own.

    The Creators | May Sinclair
  • I defied them all; they laid wait for me, attacked me all together, and killed my horse, yet I wounded three of them.

    Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere