What does the word defy mean?

Usage examples for defy

  1. " Don't you try and defy me, miss," Mrs. Raeburn warned her. – Carnival by 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 by Henry James
  3. The one Power he never ventured to defy was the English people. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul