verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
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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
Indeed, writers at prominent online media outlets chide us for “demeaning” vaccine-deniers, saying to do so “defies explanation.”Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.|Russell Saunders|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This case simply has not been made, nor can it be, because it defies logic.Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate|Kirsten Powers, Jonathan Merritt|February 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anyone who defies these so-called “norms” becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny, and the LGBT community knows this all too well.Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay in a Beautiful Speech at Human Rights Campaign Foundation Conference|Marlow Stern|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He defies the gods of Rome, which is no more than St Catharine might with decency have done.Dryden's Works Vol. 3 (of 18)|John Dryden
As if horrified by her late descent into passion she gathers herself together, and defies him once again with a cold look.April's Lady|Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
The round flat edge, Mr. Mool; the upper petals perfectly uniform—there is a flower that defies criticism!Heart and Science|Wilkie Collins
Having been once taken in, he defies any one to take him in again.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
After a short delay, the door was opened; and then a scene ensued which defies my powers of description.City Crimes|Greenhorn