• To challenge (someone) or brave (a hazard or opposition).
  • To refuse to obey.
  • To not conform to or follow a pattern, set of rules or expectations.
  • To renounce or dissolve all bonds of affiance, faith, or obligation with; to reject, refuse, or renounce.



  • From Old French desfier, from Vulgar Latin *disfidare ("renounce one's faith"), from Latin dis- + fidus. Meaning shifted in the 14th century from "be disloyal" to "challenge". Contrast confide, fidelity, faith.

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