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Resist


RESIST, verb transitive rezist'. [Latin resisto; re and sisto, to stand.]

1. Literally, to stand against; to withstand; hence, to act in opposition, or to oppose. a dam or mound resists a current of water passively, by standing unmoved and interrupting its progress. An army resists the progress of an enemy actively, by encountering and defeating it. We resist measures by argument or remonstrance.

Why doth he yet find fault? for who hath resisted his will? Romans 9:19.

2. To strive against; to endeavor to counteract, defeat or frustrate.

Ye do always resist the Holy Spirit. Acts 7:51.

3. To baffle; to disappoint.

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. James 4:7.

RESIST', verb intransitive to make opposition.