Variant of defy
- to resist or oppose boldly or openly
- to resist completely in a baffling way: the puzzle defied solution
- to dare (someone) to do or prove something
- Archaic to challenge (someone) to fight
Origin: Middle English defien ; from Old French defier, to distrust, repudiate, defy ; from Late Latin an unverified form disfidare ; from dis-, from plush an unverified form fidare, to trust ; from fidus, faithful: see faith
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