Example sentences for: defying

How can you use “defying” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • On Tuesday, the Pan-Arab al-Quds al-Arabi described this as a "deliberate" snub linked to Egypt's refusal to join other member states of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in defying the air embargo that was in force against Libya for seven years until last month, when the country handed over two Lockerbie bombing suspects for trial by a Scottish court in the Netherlands.

  • North of Santa Maria Novella, spare a glance at the simple, clean-lined architecture of the Stazione Centrale (main railway station), built in 1935 during Mussolini’s heyday but somehow defying the prevailing monumental bombast of the Fascist regime that you can see in the monstrosity of Milan’s central station.

  • Meanwhile, the Radical Republicans were impeaching President Johnson, a stubborn Democrat, who was consistently defying their will on various Reconstruction-related measures.

  • His argument is persuasive, but the conclusion is so counterintuitive--why should the soloist meekly accompany the orchestra when he isn't defying it?

  • Dylan's bluesy album wins accolades for introspective lyrics about mortality and is judged his best work in decades, "attesting to the creative renaissance of an artist still bent on defying expectations and spurning trends" (Edna Gundersen, USA Today ). The Rolling Stones' new songs are called "uninspired retreads" (Richard Cromelin, the Los Angeles Times ), and their much-hyped world tour--which uses giant nude inflatable dolls as set pieces--is pronounced "tasteless" (the Independent ). (See the Stones' tour site.)

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