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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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Nothing but trouble can come to you and your friends should you persist in defying the police.
He inspected the copra-drying that had been going on, and went through the barracks to see if there were any sick lying hidden and defying his rule of segregation.
And what made it particularly exasperating was the fact that every fisherman, from Benicia to Vallejo knew that he was successfully defying us.
Springing from a long line of American descent, she was one of those wonderful working-class blooms which occasionally appear, defying all precedent of forebears and environment, apparently without cause or explanation.
     Jack Satan's power defying.
The man knew there was no nourishment in the berries, but he chewed them patiently with a hope greater than knowledge and defying experience.
Yet Dorothy felt a sort of joyous excitement in defying the storm, and while she held fast to the railing she peered around through the gloom and thought she saw the dim form of a man clinging to a mast not far away from her.
Glenarm was invariably written with the left hand--the writing thus produced defying detection, in all cases, as bearing no resemblance of character whatever to writing produced by persons who habitually use the other hand.
At the approach of spring the red squirrels got under my house, two at a time, directly under my feet as I sat reading or writing, and kept up the queerest chuckling and chirruping and vocal pirouetting and gurgling sounds that ever were heard; and when I stamped they only chirruped the louder, as if past all fear and respect in their mad pranks, defying humanity to stop them.
Gerrard's Quest lost out by a neck with 9-2 winner Sixties Sue defying 16.
Ignoring all forces and defying gravity, these guys will be flying through fire, turning themselves into a human inferno, jumping ramp to ramp and putting anything with four wheels onto two.
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There was no question of defying the orders of the Supreme Court by the government, the spokesman said.
A delegation comprising 52 Druze sheikhs from Israel arrived Sunday in Beirut after defying a ban by Israel to visit an "enemy" state, according to media reports Monday.
Defying the call, markets remained open and factories were operational as usual.