V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to openly challenge authority or power; 2. to challenge someone to do something; 3. to fail to be explained by something

Synonyms: oppose, flout, confront, dare, challenge, baffle, elude, resist, frustrate, foil, resist, thwart

Antonyms: endorse, obey, agree, encourage

Tips: Defy has three distinct meanings, but they are all related by the idea of challenge. The related noun defiance describes the act of defying, while the adjective defiant describes someone's attitude while defying. Defiance challenges an authority, challenges someone to do something, or poses a challenge to methods or explanations for a question or problem ("defies explanation").

Usage Examples:

Brian defied his parents' orders and went to the class party, even though he had not finished his homework. (flouted, resisted)

Although many theories have been advanced on the topic, the origins of the universe continue to defy scientific explanation. (elude, resist, frustrate)

The child defiantly stomped his foot and screamed, "No" when told to go to bed. (daringly, confrontingly) adverb

Her defiance of work and responsibility showed a lack of maturity. (resistance, challenge, opposition) noun

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