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Synonyms for defy
dɪˈfaɪ; ˈdi faɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defy, withstand, hold, hold up(verb)

    resist or confront with resistance

    "The politician defied public opinion"; "The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear"; "The bridge held"

    Synonyms:
    accommodate, book, stand up, retain, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, hold out, take hold, bind, hold up, arrest, dare, live, take, have, concord, survive, live on, check, make, take for, go for, stand firm, keep, defend, control, harbor, deem, throw, obligate, carry, give, adjudge, entertain, nurse, oblige, curb, hold, stick up, last, confine, hold water, have got, go, endure, restrain, declare, withstand, agree, hold in, delay, halt, contain, concur, maintain, guard, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, obtain, refuse, resist, detain, bear

    Antonyms:
    lend oneself, apply

  2. defy, resist, refuse(verb)

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

    Synonyms:
    pass up, baulk, reject, stand, deny, resist, hold up, hold out, fend, hold, balk, dissent, decline, jib, turn away, stand firm, withstand, refuse, protest, turn down, dare

    Antonyms:
    apply, lend oneself

  3. defy, dare(verb)

    challenge

    "I dare you!"

    Synonyms:
    hold up, refuse, make bold, dare, presume, withstand, resist, hold

    Antonyms:
    lend oneself, apply

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defy

    Synonyms:
    scorn, challenge, provoke, despite, brave

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    challenge, dare, bid defiance to, hurl defiance at

  2. defy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    brave, disregard, slight, scorn, spurn, despise, contemn, treat with contempt, trample on, set at naught, snap the fingers at

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defy(v)

    Synonyms:
    challenge, dare, spurn, flout, scorn

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    challenge, defying, flout, defies, defiant

How to pronounce defy?

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How to say defy in sign language?

  1. defy

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How to use defy in a sentence?

  1. Elijah Cummings:

    The Trump Administration has demonstrated repeatedly that it is willing to disregard the Constitution, defy decades of clear precedent, and invent frivolous new arguments to delay and obstruct Congress' oversight authority, and Attorney General( William) Barr and Secretary( Wilbur) Ross are complicit in this cover-up, both Secretary Ross and Attorney Attorney General -LRB- William -RRB- Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress.

  2. Phil Robertson:

    This is a test case for whether rule of law really means anything in Thailand when the poor and powerless take on a state agency that has been negligent, if the (Pollution Control Department) can defy an order from the Supreme Administrative Court without facing severe consequences, it spreads the word that government agencies can do what they want.

  3. President Obama:

    Now President Obama is doing what President Obama always does when President Obama does n’t get President Obama way, which is defy the will of the people and issue an executive order.

  4. Elijah Cummings:

    Yesterday, President Trump declared to the entire country that President Trump would obstruct Congress and order all White House officials to defy lawful subpoenas from Congress, today, the Trump Administration went even further by expanding this policy to employees at federal agencies — even when the subpoenas are bipartisan and supported by Republican Members of Congress.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    To defy and violate one's privacy is the transgression, and it falls under an ugly crime.


Translations for defy

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  • تحدىArabic
  • пренебрегвам, игнорирам, предизвиквамBulgarian
  • vzepřít se, vyzvat, zřeknout se, vzdorovat, vyzývat, vzdát seCzech
  • herausfordernGerman
  • desafiar, renunciarSpanish
  • سر باز زدن, سرپیچی, نافرمانیPersian
  • uhmata, haastaaFinnish
  • défierFrench
  • abiurare, sfidareItalian
  • به‌ربه‌کانی کردن, عاسی بوون, به‌ربه‌ره‌کانێ کردن, له‌ قسه‌ده‌رچوونKurdish
  • whakatumatumaMāori
  • het hoofd bieden, afzweren, uitdagenDutch
  • sfidaRomanian
  • попирать, бросать вызов, пренебрегатьRussian

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