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Great effort and time has produced grudging improvements in quality of life, but the sickness defies a cure.

Yet much of the best new music defies genre classification; great artists take chances and cross boundaries.

To do so in a Salvadoran prison defies comprehension and inspires respect for their grit and determination.

As a result, the legislation “defies the dichotomy of pro-life and pro-choice,” says Diaz-Tello.

Faye is so devoted to Don that she defies her ethical code in order to put him into contact with potential new clients.

Their picturesque pronunciation gives their conversation a piquancy which defies imitation.

The women were dressed in a variety both of shape and colour, which defies all description.

The remark is truer of commerce, which is a law to p. 256itself, and which defies Acts of Parliament and royal patronage.

Sex, like all complicated phenomena, defies being crowded into a simple definition.

He appended a theory, which has its germ of truth, but defies definition, and is easily twisted to save a special argument.


On this page you'll find 63 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to defies, such as: resist, spurn, thwart, violate, withstand, and confront.

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