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Again we have seen the stirring scenes of young and old defy riot police and arbitrary detention in an authoritarian state.

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Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, specifically called on French Muslims to defy the ban.

The Simpsons really does defy all expectations in terms of the normal lifespan.

The political implications are clear—but the battle lines about to form are likely to defy party lines.

The man who once seemed to defy death entirely has held onto his reputation and accolades long after succumbing to his mortality.

Saying so is to make a statement so obvious as to defy the need for citation.

Arches more graceful in form, or better fitted to defy the assaults of time, I have never seen.

If they are still Moderns and alive, I defy you to bury them if you are discussing living questions in a full and honest way.

He could not bear to open his dreadful situation to his Uncle David, nor to kill himself, nor to defy the vengeance of Longcluse.

It was probably this opposition that made young Cargill decide that it would be really worth while to defy the legend.

"Thirty," said the first bidder in a tone which seemed to defy further competition.


On this page you'll find 115 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to defy, such as: confront, disregard, elude, flout, ignore, and mock.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.