Simple Definition of defy
: to refuse to obey (something or someone)
: to make (something) very difficult or impossible
: to resist or fight (something)
Full Definition of defy
Examples of defy in a sentence
She defied her parents and dropped out of school.
The group has continued to defy all efforts to stop them.
Origin and Etymology of defy
Middle English, to renounce faith in, challenge, from Anglo-French desfier, defier, from des- de- + fier to entrust, from Vulgar Latin *fidare, alteration of Latin fidere to trust — more at bide
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of defy
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