Word Nerd 2.5

Source:Beautiful Redemption Kami Garcia page 78

context: Her death-defying all-powerful wooden spoon of justice.

In their words:

defy

verb dih-fahynoun dih-fahydee-fahy ]
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verb (used with object), de·fied, de·fy·ing.

to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly:to defy parental authority.
to offer effective resistance to:fort that defies attack.
to challenge (a person) to do something deemed impossible:They defied him to dive off the bridge.
Archaic to challenge to a combat or contest.

noun,plural de·fies.

challenge; defiance.
In my words: to challenge

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