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Defy vs. Oppose — What's the Difference?

Defy vs. Oppose — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Defy and Oppose

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Defy

To oppose or resist with boldness and assurance
Defied the blockade by sailing straight through it.

Oppose

Disagree with and attempt to prevent, especially by argument
A majority of the electorate opposed EC membership

Defy

To refuse to submit to or cooperate with
Defied the court order by leaving the country.

Oppose

To be or act in contention or conflict with
Opposed their crosstown rivals in the season finale.

Defy

To be beyond the application or scope of; be contrary or resistant to
An act that defies explanation.
A problem that defies any conventional approach.
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Oppose

To be hostile or resistant to; try to prevent
Opposes the building of a new police station.

Defy

To challenge or dare (someone) to do something
She defied her accusers to prove their charges.

Oppose

To set as an opposite in position
Opposed the painting with a mirror across the room.

Defy

(transitive) To challenge (someone) or brave (a hazard or opposition).
To defy an enemy;
To defy the power of a magistrate;
To defy the arguments of an opponent;
To defy public opinion

Oppose

To present in counterbalance or contrast
Ideas that were opposed to each other in her first book.

Defy

(transitive) To refuse to obey.
If you defy your teacher you may end up in detention.

Oppose

To be or act in opposition.

Defy

To not conform to or follow a pattern, set of rules or expectations.

Oppose

To attempt to stop the progression of; to resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against.
To oppose the king in battle
To oppose a bill in Congress
There is still time to oppose this plan.

Defy

To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.

Oppose

To object to.
Many religious leaders oppose cloning humans.

Defy

(obsolete) A challenge.

Oppose

To present or set up in opposition; to pose.
They are opposed to any form of hierarchy.

Defy

To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.
I defy the surety and the bond.
For thee I have defied my constant mistress.

Oppose

To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.

Defy

To provoke to combat or strife; to call out to combat; to challenge; to dare; to brave; to set at defiance; to treat with contempt; as, to defy an enemy; to defy the power of a magistrate; to defy the arguments of an opponent; to defy public opinion.
I once againDefy thee to the trial of mortal fight.
I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary.

Oppose

To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
Her grace sat down . . . In a rich chair of state; opposing freelyThe beauty of her person to the people.

Defy

A challenge.

Oppose

To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically.
I may . . . oppose my single opinion to his.

Defy

Resist or confront with resistance;
The politician defied public opinion
The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear
The bridge held

Oppose

To resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against; to confront; to resist; to withstand; as, to oppose the king in battle; to oppose a bill in Congress.

Defy

Elude, especially in a baffling way;
This behavior defies explanation

Oppose

To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival for a prize.
I am . . . too weakTo oppose your cunning.

Defy

Challenge;
I dare you!

Oppose

To be set opposite.

Oppose

To act adversely or in opposition; - with against or to; as, a servant opposed against the act.

Oppose

To make objection or opposition in controversy.

Oppose

Be against; express opposition to;
We oppose the ban on abortion

Oppose

Fight against or resist strongly;
The senator said he would oppose the bill
Don't fight it!

Oppose

Oppose with equal weight or force

Oppose

Set into opposition or rivalry;
Let them match their best athletes against ours
Pit a chess player against the Russian champion
He plays his two children off against each other

Oppose

Act against or in opposition to;
She reacts negatively to everything I say

Oppose

Be resistant to;
The board opposed his motion

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