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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 de·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defied p. pr. & vb. n. Defying.]
 1. To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce. [Obs.]
    I defy the surety and the bond.   --Chaucer.
    For thee I have defied my constant mistress.   --Beau. & Fl.
 2. To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion.
 I once again
 Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.   --Milton.
    I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary.   --Burke.