Definition of defy
- defy public opinion
- in trouble for defying a court order
- the paintings defy classification
- a decision that defies all logic
- defied us to name a better movie
She defied her parents and dropped out of school.
The group has continued to defy all efforts to stop them.
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: to refuse to obey (something or someone)
: to make (something) very difficult or impossible
: to resist or fight (something)
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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