defy

To defy is to openly refuse to do something. You can defy the no-costumes-in-class rule if you wear your fairy wings to school, but just don’t try to defy the laws of gravity unless you can actually fly.

If you deliberately break a rule or ignore an order, you defy, or resist, that rule. The word defy comes from the Latin word disfidare for "renounce one's faith." So if you're expected to be faithful to a certain law or rule but you refuse to be, you defy it. There are different ways to defy — defy your parents by staying out past curfew, or defy common sense by walking in with shoes on your head.

Definitions of defy
1

v resist or confront with resistance

“The politician defied public opinion”
Synonyms:
hold, hold up, withstand
Types:
brave, brave out, endure, weather
face and withstand with courage
Type of:
hold out, resist, stand firm, withstand
stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something

v challenge

Synonyms:
dare
Types:
brazen
face with defiance or impudence
Type of:
challenge
issue a challenge to

v elude, especially in a baffling way

“This behavior defies explanation”
Synonyms:
refuse, resist
Antonyms:
apply, lend oneself
be applicable to; as to an analysis
apply, go for, hold
be pertinent or relevant or applicable
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Types:
beggar
be beyond the resources of
Type of:
elude, escape
be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

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