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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

challenge

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As she defies an unheralded magician, she discovers the strength of her own powers.
But then, it defies imagining that the Bishop of Calgary would cast his lot with the likes of Margaret Atwood and June Callwood.
Hence, my company is an awesome example of a black-owned firm that unequivocally defies the proverbial myth.
Students will be broadly exposed to a field that defies, and should continue to defy, canonical definition and the imposition of restricted boundaries.
George Cook has lived within view of the Canal for over 30 years, and speaks with an apparent peace of mind that defies the desolation just outside his door.
More Than 400 from Across Country Fly In to Booming Coastal Georgia; Striking Success at Liberty Harbor in Brunswick Defies National Market Trends
People involved in the design and construction are heard describing the challenges of erecting a building that openly defies right angles.
This situation defies our sense of reality," say Christopher Monroe, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colo.
Varying from lo-fi classical pieces with jazz chord structures to glitch and IDM-influenced micro-rhythmic, introspective, electronic tone poems, BT utilizes hand-designed digital instruments alongside a broad range of analog musical instruments to create a work that defies classification.
Re ``Boxer defies her own 'mainstream' label'' (Viewpoint, April 4):
We have San Jose defying the controlled-substance laws (``Santa Cruz defies DEA on medical marijuana,'' Sept.
For the jury to believe he was never aware of the health risks of smoking and therefore should be compensated for his decision to smoke simply defies credibility and common sense," said Ohlemeyer.
2) Jose Manuel Carreno defies gravity in ``Le Corsaire,'' which tells the story of a romance between a pirate and a Greek girl.