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Things defy often describes (“defy ________”)
description, classification, analysis, time, explanation, authority, death, translation, definition, belief, categorization, convention, solution, comprehension, reason, logic, interpretation, attempts, measurement, quantification, detection, competition, prediction, enumeration, calculation, imagination, identification, gravity, generalization, destruction, law, diagnosis, fate, efforts, criticism, laws, change, synthesis, appearances, comparison, authorities, opinion, imitation, orders, mention, reduction, tradition, conventions, investigation, expectations, dictation, morality, rigour, rigor, repetition, rumsellers, parents, modification, augury, conjecture, acknowledgment, notice, handling, evasion, discipline, adaptation, evaluation, custom, restraint, traditions, usage, decomposition, recognition, wear, separation, requests, probability, scansion, antiquity, attack, disproof, capture, resolution

Descriptive words:
fierce, death, formal, grave, present, civil, light, few, english, cloudy, grim, last, cold

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Book See defy used in context: 100+ rhymes, 27 Shakespeare works, several books and articles.

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