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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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v. - Challenge; Resist or confront with resistance; Elude, especially in a baffling way.

Usage examples (35)
  • Monotremes defy the English word mammal, which implies breasts, or at least nipples.
  • Kichwapi colleague Enrique Conejo said some terms defy easy Quechua translation: "The word inflation is a headache."
  • Regardless of party affiliation or politics, the attacks on Palin defy everything that this country is suppose to be about.
  • Admittedly, "defy" and "retaliate" are better, but what does that mean concretely? for more
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