defy (v.) Old form(s): defi'de , defie
reject, despise, disdain, renounce
1H4 I.iii.225[Hotspur to Northumberland and Worcester] All studies here I solemnly defy
AYL V.iv.213[Rosalind as Epilogue] I would kiss as many of you as had ... breaths that I defied not
Ham V.ii.213[Hamlet to Horatio] We defy augury
MV III.v.65[Lorenzo to Jessica, of Launcelot] many fools ... / Garnished like him, that for a tricksy word / Defy the matter [i.e. disdain everyday sense]
MW II.ii.70[Mistress Quickly to Falstaff] I defy all angels in any such sort ... but in the way of honesty
Per IV.vi.24[Lysimachus to Bawd] wholesome iniquity have you, that a man may deal withal and defy the surgeon?
PP.12.11[Pilgrim] Age, I do defy thee
PP.17.3[] Love is dying, faith's defying [or: rejection]
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