(De*funct") a. [L. defunctus, p. p. of defungi to acquit one's self of, to perform, finish, depart, die; de + fungi to perform, discharge: cf. F. défunt. See Function.] Having finished the course of life; dead; deceased. "Defunct organs." Shak.

The boar, defunct, lay tripped up, near.

(De*funct"), n. A dead person; one deceased.

(De*func"tion) n. [L. defunctio performance, death.] Death. [Obs.]

After defunction of King Pharamond.

(De*func"tive) a. Funereal. [Obs.] "Defunctive music." Shak.

(De*fuse") v. t. [Cf. Diffuse.] To disorder; to make shapeless. [Obs.] Shak.

(De*fy") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Defying.] [F. défier, OF. deffier, desfier, LL. disfidare to disown faith or fidelity, to dissolve the bond of allegiance, as between the vassal and his lord; hence, to challenge, defy; fr. L. dis- + fides faith. See Faith, and cf. Diffident, Affiance.]

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

I defy the surety and the bond.

For thee I have defied my constant mistress.
Beau. & Fl.

2. 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 again
Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight.

I defy the enemies of our constitution to show the contrary.

(De*fy") n. A challenge. [Obs.] Dryden.

(De*gar"nish) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Degarnished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Degarnishing.] [F. dégarnir; pref. dé- , des- (L. dis-) + garnir to furnish. See Garnish, and cf. Disgarnish.]

1. To strip or deprive of entirely, as of furniture, ornaments, etc.; to disgarnish; as, to degarnish a house, etc. [R.]

2. To deprive of a garrison, or of troops necessary for defense; as, to degarnish a city or fort. [R.] Washington.

(De*gar"nish*ment) n. The act of depriving, as of furniture, apparatus, or a garrison. [R.]

(De*gen"der De*gen"er) v. i. [See Degenerate.] To degenerate. [Obs.] "Degendering to hate." Spenser.

He degenereth into beastliness.

(De*gen"er*a*cy) n. [From Degenerate, a.]

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