verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
Origin of defy
Examples from the Web for defy
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, specifically called on French Muslims to defy the ban.Abu Dhabi Stabbing: Why Law Enforcement Hates The Niqab & Burqa|Christopher Dickey|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Simpsons really does defy all expectations in terms of the normal lifespan.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel|Marlow Stern|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The political implications are clear—but the battle lines about to form are likely to defy party lines.
The man who once seemed to defy death entirely has held onto his reputation and accolades long after succumbing to his mortality.
Saying so is to make a statement so obvious as to defy the need for citation.
Now, I defy the most able Englishman to go to Switzerland and either to gain that income, or to spend it there.The Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs|Thomas Frost
I defy any human being to get out of that chair, feeling as important as when he got into it.The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow|Jerome K. Jerome
Sometimes he will shut up a right of way and defy the parish to make him open it.The Hound of the Baskervilles|A. Conan Doyle
So to defy imitation He brought forth His masterpiece and called it man.Treading the Narrow Way|R. E. Barrett
It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.Jan Vedder's Wife|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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).