verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
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Great effort and time has produced grudging improvements in quality of life, but the sickness defies a cure.
Yet much of the best new music defies genre classification; great artists take chances and cross boundaries.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To do so in a Salvadoran prison defies comprehension and inspires respect for their grit and determination.
As a result, the legislation “defies the dichotomy of pro-life and pro-choice,” says Diaz-Tello.Tennessee is Making Pregnancy a Criminal Liability|Emily Shire|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Faye is so devoted to Don that she defies her ethical code in order to put him into contact with potential new clients.Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’|Amy Zimmerman|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their picturesque pronunciation gives their conversation a piquancy which defies imitation.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
The women were dressed in a variety both of shape and colour, which defies all description.
The remark is truer of commerce, which is a law to p. 256itself, and which defies Acts of Parliament and royal patronage.East Anglia|J. Ewing Ritchie
Sex, like all complicated phenomena, defies being crowded into a simple definition.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
He appended a theory, which has its germ of truth, but defies definition, and is easily twisted to save a special argument.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King