Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Defy"

The meaning of "Defy" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does defy mean?
A: It is a normal word. It is not slang, and is appropriate for all situations.
It means to resist or refuse to obey someone. To do what someone tells you not to do.
"Thomas defied his mother and asked Michael on a date."
It also means to seem impossible or to act in in a way that goes against what is known.
"The way the athlete flew through the air after the ball seemed to defy gravity."
Q: What does defy mean?
A: go against, not do as you’re told, disobey, resist. it can be used in science or people. e.g, ‘it defies the law of physics: it doesn’t follow the rule, or ‘he defied his mother’ he didn’t do as she told him, he disobeyed her
Q: What does defy mean?
A: Challenging someone to prove something
Q: What does defies mean?
A: To resist

Example sentences using "Defy"

Q: Please show me example sentences with defy.
A: I tried to defy them once.
Algebra and geometry were the only studies that continued to defy my efforts to comprehend them.
Old enough to defy me every chance he had.
Jana hoped to defy a stereotype by having a busy career and also being a great mother to her children.
Q: Please show me example sentences with defy .
A: How dare you defy me!
Oh, wow, you're trying to defy the laws of physics.
I defy you to find me one example of that.
Did you just defy me?!
She has to defy someone else.
I defy anyone to listen to that song and not cry.
He wants to defy the odds of playing the lottery.
Q: Please show me example sentences with defy.
A: Defy means to resist or refuse.


"Do not defy your parents."
"If you defy me, you will face the consequences."
"He is a defiant person."
Q: Please show me example sentences with "to defy".
A: "I'm going to defy my parents and get my hair dyed"
"I'm going to defy the government"

If you don't need to use exactly "to defy" but just the word "defy" you can say
"I will defy the capital!"
"Don't defy me"
"You can't defy me"

Synonyms of defy are:
Rebel, go against, strike out, disobey.

Synonyms of "Defy" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between defy and despise ?
A: to DEFY something is to go against the rules:
The people in the store want to DEFY the mask mandates.. and not wear face masks

to DESPISE something is to HATE it very much
I DESPISE people who are mean to animals.
Q: What is the difference between defy and disdain ?
A: To defy is to break a rule or resist an authority figure. To disdain is to treat something with disgust or treat someone as having lower status than you.
Q: What is the difference between to defy
and to challenge ?
A: You should say “I challenge you to find it”. “Defy” is used when you go against authority and rules.
I defied my boss by refusing to follow office rules.
People defy the government when they protest.
She is a defiant teenager that never listens to her parents
Q: What is the difference between defy and resist ?
A: Defy is usually non-physical while resist is either physical or non-physical.

They defied the orders.
They resisted the new rules.

The people in the castle are resisting the invasion.
The criminal resisted as the policeman tried to put handcuffs on him.

Also, defy is usually against something external, while resist can be internal.
For example: resist the urge to eat chocolate. (cannot use "defy" in this case!)

Finally, "defy" has a slight negative connotation while "resist" can have a slightly positive connotation. Someone who "defies" is a troublemaker while "resist" is often used to describe someone perceived as fighting for a good cause.

Other questions about "Defy"

Q: I defy you to compete with me Does this sound natural?
A: personally I wouldn't use defy in this context

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