Part of speech: noun

A challenge.

Part of speech: verb

To challenge or dare; act in despite of; resist openly or boldly.

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Usage examples "defy":

  1. " Don't you try and defy me, miss," Mrs. Raeburn warned her. - "Carnival", Compton Mackenzie.
  2. You see I'm not in the least delicate or graceful or shy about it- I just come out with it and defy you to contradict me. - "The Awkward Age", Henry James.
  3. The one Power he never ventured to defy was the English people. - "The Life of Froude", Herbert Paul.