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defy to refuse, to reject, to renounce: “I defy all angels,” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, ii. 2. 66 ; “I defy all counsel,” KING JOHN, iii. 4. 23 ; “All studies here I solemnly defy,” 1 HENRY IV., i. 3. 228 ; “I do defy the Tongues of soothers,” 1 HENRY IV., iv. 1. 6 ; “I do defy thy conjurations,” ROMEO AND JULIET, v. 3. 68 ; “Age, I do defy thee,” THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM, xii. 11 ; “breaths that I defied not,” AS YOU LIKE IT, Epilogue, 17.

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