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Synonyms for defy

Synonyms for defy

to confront boldly and courageously

to refuse or fail to obey

to call on another to do something requiring boldness

Synonyms for defy

resist or confront with resistance

elude, especially in a baffling way



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The state desired his blood, hut he had retreated into his hut, barricaded the doors and windows with big stones, and defied the world.
Discern of the coming on of years, and think not to do the same things still; for age will not be defied.
To all outward appearance two perfectly commonplace children, we were mysteriously united by some kindred association of the spirit in her and the spirit in me, which not only defied discovery by our young selves, but which lay too deep for investigation by far older and far wiser heads than ours.
She felt instant admiration for a man who openly defied it.
As the Pococks defied the executioners of the Fighting Groups, so she defied the executioners of the Iron Heel.
Mercy rose again, and fixed her flashing eyes on the woman who still defied her.
She poured out those reckless words in one headlong flow which defied interruption.
6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Limits are meant to be defied.
Tahiti One (12-1) defied a high of 50 in the following seller when holding the late rally of 6-4 favourite I T Guru who, despite touching a low of 1.
There may be many issues that Mamata can take up, but sacking the one who defied her is what matters to her
ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2011 (Frontier Star): A governments spokesman took a strong exception to the contents of a news story published in daily The News Islamabad titled Govt defied SC on 15 occasions.
However, making her handicap debut at Kempton in September she defied a mark of 67 and can race off just 1lb higher.
The separatists have had to suffer a major setback after residents defied a boycott call given by the Hurriyat during the State Assembly polls held in November 2008 and came out in large numbers to cast their votes.
He landed a Listed race at Redcar two starts ago and last time out he defied a penalty in a good race at Donc aster.
Gough defied a prognosis of up to a month out by returning on Saturday within 24 hours of breaking a bone in his bowling hand.