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1. defy

verb. ['dɪˈfaɪ'] resist or confront with resistance.

Synonyms

  • resist
  • brave
  • brave out
  • hold out
  • stand firm
  • weather
  • hold
  • withstand
  • hold up

Antonyms

  • obey
  • timid
  • irresolute
  • afraid

Etymology

  • desfier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Defy

  • adl-tabatabai
  • dwi
  • oversupply
  • standby
  • semidry
  • resupply
  • private-eye
  • misapply
  • isty
  • drip-dry
  • cspi
  • whereby
  • underly
  • underlie
  • overfly
  • mistry
  • mcfly
  • lxi
  • drive-by
  • comply
  • versailles
  • thereby
  • switaj
  • supply
  • sundai
  • sri
  • shanghai
  • sci
  • retry
  • reply

How do you pronounce defy?

Pronounce defy as dɪˈfaɪ.

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Sentences with defy


1. Adjective
By definition, non-denominational churches defy characterization in the area of worship.

2. Verb, base form
They are the muscles that help defy gravity when you sit, stand and walk up stairs.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
There are certain kitchen items that defy trends, diets, even decades.

4. Noun, singular or mass
According to Emily from the blog Five and Spice, "they kind of defy words."

Quotes about defy


1. Who are your favorite heroines in real life? The women of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran who risk their lives and their beauty to defy the foulness of theocracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Azar Nafisi as their ideal feminine model.
- Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

2. Loyalty and obedience to wisdom and justice are fine; but it is still finer to defy arbitrary power, unjustly and cruelly used--not on behalf of ourselves, but on behalf of others more helpless.
- Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

3. I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.
- Chris Cleave, Little Bee

2. defy

verb. ['dɪˈfaɪ'] elude, especially in a baffling way.

Synonyms

  • elude
  • escape
  • resist
  • refuse

Antonyms

  • unadventurous
  • cowardice
  • cowardly
  • colourless

Etymology

  • desfier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. defy

verb. ['dɪˈfaɪ'] challenge.

Synonyms

  • brazen
  • challenge

Antonyms

  • disallow
  • enjoy
  • yield

Etymology

  • desfier (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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