Translation of defy in Spanish:


desacatar, v.

Pronunciation /dɪˈfʌɪ//dəˈfaɪ/

transitive verbdefying, defies, defied

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    • 1.1(disobey)

      (authority/order/law) desacatar
      (order/authority/law) desobedecer
      • But the establishment refuses to defy its campaign donors in the pharmaceutical industry.
      • The fishermen leave when threatened but are back in the same location within minutes, openly defying the police officer by blowing a conch shell as he speaks.
      • He is said to have openly defied warnings about his anti-social behaviour.
      • My sister was the one who was always pushing at the boundaries, trying to find ways around the instructions given her, often openly defying her elders.
      • In a general way, the one who openly defies you, who refuses to cooperate with you is an open enemy.
      • I openly defied the principal and made him look a fool in front of the entire senior class and he found a way to make me pay for it.
      • What if mayors around the nation just openly defied the law?
      • She had openly defied the Government by refusing to sell her much needed medicine to the sick.
      • Guide dog owners have condemned ‘ignorant’ restaurants and pubs that continue to defy the law by refusing to accept their animals.
      • As a bishop, she is pledged to uphold church law and file charges against pastors who openly defy it.
      • She didn't defy authority, but refused to back down.
      • The Union not only refused to defy the court order but has not asked other unions to ban the metal products factory or call for wider industrial action by its own members.
      • If things have got to the state where a kid is openly defying authority and going out causing criminal damage, it's gone beyond the point where the parent can do anything to stop it, surely?
      • Where is the point in talking to the government when the exhibitors are openly defying the moratorium.
      • He knew the rules, and he knew he was skirting them by openly defying a federal court order.
      • Regardless of whether one thinks that should be the law or not, you cannot have a judge, whose job is to enforce the law, openly defying it.
      • Sometimes she openly defied them, knowing she would make things worse.
      • Pursuing a strategy of ‘massive resistance,’ many Southern officials openly defied the decision.
      • If the bishop is the final word on governance in his diocese, then he can openly defy the Pope in matters of governance.
      • Unless and until we make such a decision the law should be enforced against those individuals who openly defy it whether here or abroad.

    • 1.2(resist)

      to defy categorization/understanding/description ser inclasificable/incomprensible/indescriptible
      • the door defied all efforts to open it no hubo manera de abrir la puerta
      • to defy all logic / reason ir en contra de toda lógica

    • 1.3(ignore)

      (danger/death) desafiar
      hundreds of fans defied the pouring rain to welcome them home a pesar de la lluvia torrencial, cientos de aficionados fueron a recibirlos

  • 2

    to defy sb to + inf desafiar a algn a que + subj
    • Matt has recently purchased some new hardware, and there are days when I would defy you to find anything smarter or more amusing anywhere.
    • I defy you to wear one for a day and not get stopped, so beware!
    • I defy anyone who calls themselves human not to go weak at the knees when they hear this guy sing - a voice so clear and perfect that it could probably craft the edges on diamonds.
    • Police officers detained and arrested a woman after she violated the curfew and defied the officers' warnings to leave the downtown area last Thursday.
    • I defy anyone to show me a story saying he had a great victory in the State.
    • On his way to Rome he slays the giant of St Michael's Mount; his ambassador Walwain defies the emperor and fights him bravely.
    • There may be exceptions, but I defy anyone to prove me wrong on this point.
    • It's just so infectiously fun, and we defy anyone who hears this amazing album not to play air guitar the instant they hear these tracks.
    • There are innumerable bends that I defy anyone who has any passion whatsoever for motorcycling to be able to ride without making contact between knee slider and tarmac!
    • But I defy anyone not to find the ‘rodeo on ice’ amusing.
    • I would defy anyone to keep coming up with something different because it's really difficult, but to do the same thing bores me and I won't lay that on the public.
    • They swarm on to the roads, heedless of the rush-hour traffic, defying drivers to confront their rebellion against road safety.
    • His eyebrows were raised, mouth puckered, his eyes sly, defying me to ask more questions.
    • Acres of pristine, dirt-free limestone streets and walkways - resembling snaking silver rivers - defy you to even think of dropping a sweet or food wrapper.
    • I can imagine someone just having a ceremony on one of the beaches and defying anyone to stop us.
    • Not afraid to show their femininity but defying you to try and perceive it as weakness, we can think of no better role model for young girls (and boys, come to think of it).
    • Every now and again a record comes along that defies you to ignore it, and here's one of them.
    • The spirit of the law is undoubtedly being breached by this - I defy anyone to make a profit from an opera house.
    • I defy anyone to find the actual hokey-pokey in that sequence.
    • I adopted a zig-zag pattern, defying her to predict my passage beneath her bough, gave her a wide berth once more and avoided her attack.
    • But I defy you to watch the film and not turn away, or at least feel genuine revulsion, at several points.
    • So the superhero who fights monsters also defies his guardian and falls in love.