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


1. Challenge

2. Dare

3. Resist

4. Withstand

5. Face

6. Disobey

7. Frustrate

8. Break

9. Violate


1. Yield

2. Surrender

3. Obey

4. Give in

Contextual Example:

• She defied her accusers to prove their charges.

• So the plague defied all medicines.

• And I defy you to hurt him when I am by, and I defy you to frighten me.

Related Word:

Defied, Defying, Defies : Verbs

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