verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
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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.
Arches more graceful in form, or better fitted to defy the assaults of time, I have never seen.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
If they are still Moderns and alive, I defy you to bury them if you are discussing living questions in a full and honest way.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
He could not bear to open his dreadful situation to his Uncle David, nor to kill himself, nor to defy the vengeance of Longcluse.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It was probably this opposition that made young Cargill decide that it would be really worth while to defy the legend.Uncanny Tales|Various
"Thirty," said the first bidder in a tone which seemed to defy further competition.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils