A Word A Day : Defy
Wednesday, 22nd August 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb )
Pronunciation : (di-fi')
1. To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance
2. To refuse to submit to or cooperate with
3. To be unaffected by
4. To confront boldly and courageously
Middle English defien, from Old French desfier, from Vulgar Latin disfīdāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin fīdus, faithful
4. Give in
• She defied
her accusers to prove their charges.
• So the plague defied
• And I defy
you to hurt him when I am by, and I defy
you to frighten me.
Defied, Defying, Defies
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