Usage examples for defy

  1. I defy any one to hit on the cause of their changes. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. His anger had led him to defy the Roundheads, and to gratify his hate of them he had sacrificed those two who trusted him. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  3. Many people had noted the curious effect of that tone and had resolved to defy it at the next opportunity, " just to see what the consequences would be." – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  4. It had been so easy and so exciting to defy them. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. You I deny and you I defy And I vow I will make you rue it; And I lie when I say that I never lie, Which proves me a fool to do it! – Impertinent Poems by Edmund Vance Cooke
  6. They're all alike when you're workin' for 'em; I defy any man to say what's the difference between a Liberal and a Tory employer. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  7. They will be justified in so telling you; but I, on the other hand, defy you not to take it as such evidence. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  8. " I will defy any one, to see her and not fall in love with her; but what struck me more than her beauty, was her kindness and attention to her old father, who, poor man, seems to need it all. – Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX by Alexander Leighton
  9. To these were added the others we had brought down from the summit of the mountain- that fortified mountain which Tauane had boasted was able to defy the world. – The White Shield by Bertram Mitford
  10. Everything was solid, immovable, and it seemed fit to defy the world. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  11. Nor did he defy them. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  12. Ought the lovers to defy fortune and to ignore obvious worldly prudence? – The Sources Of Religious Insight by Josiah Royce
  13. I defy yer ter make me! – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  14. I could have wished, to be sure, that my mother had not thought of bringing in Travers on that of all evenings, but I hoped that I could defy him after this. – Stories By English Authors: London by Various
  15. In literature as in politics those who at last take their courage in their hands and defy the established opinion are obliged to shout to keep their spirits up. – Dr. Johnson and His Circle by John Bailey
  16. " I defy thee, Manuel," he screamed. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  17. Do you, also, defy any woman? – The Fatal Glove by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
  18. I dare you, defy you! – The Unknown Sea by Clemence Housman
  19. Stand and defy me with thy intolerable presence! – Faust by Goethe
  20. But Tryst, who does not even want to defy the law- what happens to him? – The Freelands by John Galsworthy