defy defy  /dɪ ˈfaɪ/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) resist or confront with resistance
  2. (v) elude, especially in a baffling way
  3. (v) challenge

Usage(s):

  1. Even Kawakubo's perfumes defy convention.
  2. It's an effect that would seem to defy reason yet Targ reports striking results.
  3. No diet has ever been able to defy the laws of thermodynamics.

News

  1. Turkish protesters defy warning, battle police in Taksim Square

    Angered by what they see as Prime Minister Erdogan's heavy hand, ousted crowds spill into the streets, adding supporters as they fight to return to the square. ISTANBUL, Turkey — Protesters defying a blunt warning from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan engaged in running battles Tuesday with police who unleashed clouds of tear gas and blasts of water cannons in an effort to end nearly ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Turkish protesters defy warning, battle police

    ISTANBUL, Turkey — Protesters defying a blunt warning from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan engaged in running battles Tuesday with police who unleashed clouds of tear gas and blasts of water cannons in an effort to end nearly two …
    on June 12, 2013     Source: FOX 5 San Diego

  3. Hinshaw seeks ways to control command

    BRIDGEWATER — Alex Hinshaw’s numbers defy baseball logic, even if his explanation for holding a respectable ERA in spite of a self-destructive amount of walks seems to be among the most sensible.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: MyCentralJersey.com

Quotes

  1. "At this point, I don't think he's very relevant," Stern says. "People will tune out within a week. I defy you to listen. It's like a rodeo _ you know, see how long you can ride a bull? See how long you can keep listening to Imus. Time it....
    on Nov 23, 2007 By: Howard Stern Source: FOXNews

  2. "His comments defy logic, history and reason," Gov. Eliot Spitzer said. "He is someone whose views we scorn. But that said, he is here in the state and will be protected by the NYPD and state police and everyone else."
    on Sep 21, 2007 By: Eliot Spitzer Source: Forbes

  3. "You keep your vote," Clemens said. "I don't need the Hall of Fame to justify that I put my butt on the line and I worked my tail off, and I defy anybody to say I did it by cheating or taking any shortcuts, OK?"
    on Jan 9, 2008 By: Roger Clemens Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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