Word of the day: defy
Definition: v.tr. resist openly; refuse to obey.
Synonyms: withstand, hold, hold up
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful) (more…)
from Oxford: defy
v.tr. (-ies, -ied)
1 resist openly; refuse to obey.
2 (of a thing) present insuperable obstacles to (defies solution).
3 (foll. by to + infin.) challenge (a person) to do or prove something.
4 archaic challenge to combat.
Etymology: ME f. OF defier f. Rmc (as DIS-, L fidus faithful)
from Wordnet: defy
v 1: resist or confront with resistance; “The politician defied public opinion”; “The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear”; “The bridge held” [syn: withstand, hold, hold up]
2: elude, esp. in a baffling way; “This behavior defies explanation” [syn: resist, refuse] [ant: lend oneself]
3: challenge: “I dare you!” [syn: dare]
Quote of the day: A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. by Henri B. Stendhal
Birthday of the day: Wenceslaus, Holy Roman Emperor; Wenceslaus (also Wenceslas) (Czech: Václav; German: Wenzel, nicknamed der Faule (‘the Idle’)) (26 February 1361 – 16 August 1419) was, by election, German King (formally King of the Romans) from 1376 and, by inheritance, King of Bohemia (as Wenceslaus IV) from 1378. He was the third Bohemian and second German monarch of the House of Luxembourg. Wenceslaus was deposed in 1400 as German King, but continued to rule as King of Bohemia.
Joke of the day: A young girl came home from a date looking sad. She told her mother, ‘Charles proposed to me a few minutes ago.’ ‘Then why are you so sad?’ her mother asked. ‘Because he also mentioned he is an atheist. Mom, he doesn’t believe there’s hell!? Her mother replied, ‘Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we’ll show him how wrong he is.’
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