01. Thousands of people in this country continue to [defy] the law by smoking marijuana.
02. Opponents of the prohibition against smoking say they plan to [defy] the ban in a mass smoking demonstration on Monday.
03. Each time he [defied] his father, he was given a beating.
04. I told you to be home by midnight, and you chose to [defy] me. I have no choice but to punish you.
05. The Opposition [defied] the government to explain how tax cuts for the rich would benefit the poor.
06. It is the duty of all citizens to [defy] an immoral or unjust law.
07. On April 6, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi picked up a lump of salt at Dandi, a natural salt-producing beach, and broke it in [defiance] of a ban on Indians producing salt.
08. Children in this school are openly [defying] their teachers, and there is nothing we can do about it because we're not allow to touch them.
09. The demonstrators [defiantly] refused to cooperate with the police.
10. She [defied] her husband to deny that he was having an affair with a neighbor.
11. Anyone who [defies] the union will be severely dealt with.
12. The soldier was imprisoned for [defying] an order to shoot the enemy captives.
13. His [defiant] look indicated that we were in for an argument.
14. Any [defiance] against the government will be met with extreme force.
15. The disease seems to be [defying] all attempts to treat it.
16. Rebels attacked a government position this morning in [defiance] of the ceasefire.
17. Iran [defiantly] insisted on Saturday it would never give up its nuclear fuel program, despite the international outcry.
18. The young child stood with his arms crossed and his feet spread in an obvious gesture of [defiance].
19. He [defied] convention by quitting his job as a successful business executive to pursue a career as a musician.
20. The President seems determined to go ahead with this policy in [defiance] of widespread public opposition.
21. The former dictator was openly [defiant] when he appeared in court to stand charges of crimes against humanity.
22. The governor has once again [defied] his critics by winning another term.
23. Quentin Crisp once suggested that the young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by [defying] their parents, and copying one another.
24. Ruth Benedict once noted that the arrogance of race prejudice is an arrogance which [defies] what is scientifically known of human races.
25. George Elliot once remarked that it is one thing to like [defiance], and another thing to like its consequences.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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