verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
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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
After all, a significant majority defied the White House to vote against the bill.
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
In Diyarbakır, a PKK stronghold, protestors defied orders to remain indoors.Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey.|Jamie Dettmer|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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