verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.
noun, plural de·fies.
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Residents of Rome even called for his resignation for defying city ordinances.The Mayor Who Took Down the Mafia That Ruined Rome|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Defying instructions would have been unthinkable during the tenure of his father or grandfather.
Then, defying all logic, it somehow blossomed into an amazing, fruitful romance.'You're the Worst': TV's Best Couple Is Awful and Perfect for Each Other|Jason Lynch|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rebels, defying airstrikes, are opening a corridor for reinforcements from Mother Russia.The Sky Explodes Over Luhansk, and Kiev Blames the Separatists|Anna Nemtsova|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To a large degree, Tesla and its stock seem to be defying natural forces of gravity.
He gave proof of it in the ‘El Dorado,’ defying, and backing everybody out.The Flag of Distress|Mayne Reid
"An' he was powerful sassy in the bargain," Holton went on, full of malice, hoping to make Neb suffer for defying him.In Old Kentucky|Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
The fat pig rolls in wallowing rapture, defying his friends to make pork of him yet, and hugs with complacence unpickleable hams.Mary Anerley|R. D. Blackmore
He sometimes behaved with a premeditated familiarity, and with an insolence provoking or defying resentment.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete|Lewis Goldsmith
A plaguy mean trick this of women's—defying just when they are safe!Second String|Anthony Hope