from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance: defied the blockade by sailing straight through it.
- transitive v. To refuse to submit to or cooperate with: defied the court order by leaving the country.
- transitive v. To be unaffected by; resist or withstand: "So the plague defied all medicines” ( Daniel Defoe).
- transitive v. To challenge or dare (someone) to do something: She defied her accusers to prove their charges.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A challenge.
- v. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
- v. this sense?) To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
- transitive v. To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt
- n. A challenge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To renounce; reject; refuse; repudiate; cast off.
- To revolt at; reject from dislike; disapprove.
- To challenge to contest or trial with arms; dare to meet in combat.
- To challenge to an action or procedure of any kind; dare to do something (generally with an implication of belief that it cannot be done, or that the action will fail of its purpose).
- To dare; brave; manifest a contempt of or indifference to (opposition, attack, or hostile force); set at naught; resist successfully: as, to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy the power of a magistrate.
- To reject; eject; void: with out.
- To digest.
- To digest; be digested.
- n. A challenge; a defiance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. challenge
- v. resist or confront with resistance
- v. elude, especially in a baffling way
Middle English defien, from Old French desfier, from Vulgar Latin *disfīdāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin fīdus, faithful; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French desfier, from Vulgar Latin *disfidare ("renounce one's faith"), from Latin dis- ("away") + fidus ("faithful"). Meaning shifted 14c. from "be disloyal" to "challenge." (Wiktionary)