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: Conrad Gessner; Konrad Gessner (Conrad Gessner, Conrad Geßner, Conrad von Gesner, Conradus Gesnerus, Conrad Gesner; 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. His five-volume Historiae animalium (1551-1558) is considered the beginning of modern zoology, and the flowering plant genus Gesneria (Gesneriaceae) is named after him. This botanist is denoted by the author abbreviation Gesner when citing a botanical name.
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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